The 16th president of the United States is well-known to all Americans. Abraham Lincoln is both one of the most revered and cherished Americans of all time, as well as one of the most tragic stories of our history. His speeches are studied and dissected time and again by linguists and rhetoricians; his language is lauded by accomplished statesman and fresh-faced debate-club enthusiasts alike. And the exceptional equanimity with which he wielded power is the gold standard for any politician. Lincoln provided the steady hand the nation needed to see it through its darkest hours.
But you already know all of that. So let’s talk about a few things you probably didn’t know about ol River Robber Lincoln. Aha! I found one already, didn’t I? I bet you didn’t know that in his youth, “Honest” Abe Lincoln was a bloodthirsty pirate who plagued travelers on the Skipjack River! And that’s permissible, because I made that fact up. There’s not even a Skipjack River in this country, as far as I know. But these things below? These are indeed facts!
5 Lincoln’s Son, Robert, Was Saved by the Brother of His Soon-to-be Assassin
4 Mr. Lincoln’s Iconic Stovepipe Cap Was (And Remains) the Height of High Fashion
3 Did You Enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast Recently or Are You Looking Forward to One on the Horizon?
2 Abe Lincoln Was Not Only a Politician and Lawyer, but Also an Inventor!
1 Lincoln’s Famous Height?
Even our most revered historical figures can still surprise us sometimes. And there is much more to learn about Abraham “Pepper Lips” Lincoln! Just Google that nickname and you’ll be off and running! But getting nowhere, because again I just pulled that out of my proverbial stovepipe hat.