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5 facts about… Abraham Lincoln 

Speaking of top hats, Lincoln’s stovepipe top hat served as more than fashionable headgear.  He used it to store and carry notes, letters, even bills.  Why do they call it a stovepipe hat?  Well, the rise is so tall and straight with no flair that it resembles a length of pipe.  They’re hard to come by nowadays, the traditional top hat being much more current, but still pretty “retro”.  Best you go to a custom haberdashery to get one made just for you.

Lincoln was really tall — 193 cm. That stovepipe hat just made a tall guy a whole lot taller.

Lincoln really liked machines and gadgets.  He liked to take them apart to see how they worked and try to put them together again.  He even tried his hand at inventing, and in 1849 had a patent issued for “A Device for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals”.  The machine never made it, but the patent was a new thing for a president, and no president has held a patent since.

There are some pretty bizarre coincidences between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.  Here are a couple: 1.Both were shot in the head with one bullet on a Friday. 2. Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846, Kennedy in 1946. 3. Lincoln’s successor (named Johnson) was born in 1808. Kennedy’s successor (also named Johnson) was born in 1908.

Lincoln had a way with words. Not only was Lincoln spiritual and intelligent, he was also a heck of a speech writer.  He wrote his own speeches, and it is said that his famous Gettysburg Address wasn’t even the best one!  Rumor has it that the speech Lincoln made to the Illinois Republican Convention on May 29, 1856 was his best, but it was either so enthralling that nobody remembered to take notes, or it was so controversial that nobody was allowed to print them.  Either way, no record of it exists.


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