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Interesting Lincoln Facts

Discussion in 'Abraham Lincoln' started by bdietzler73, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. bdietzler73

    bdietzler73 First Sergeant Forum Host

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    Here starts the beginning of a thread featuring interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln from the Abraham Lincoln forum. If you have a fact about Lincoln that you find interesting please share it on this thread. Let's see how many facts we can get about America's 16th President!
     
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    Here is my first fact about Abraham Lincoln. Did you know he hated being called Abe and preferred to be called by his last name instead.
     
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    • He was known as a gifted storyteller and liked to tell jokes.
     
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    Very true! The movie Lincoln really outlined that aspect of Lincoln. Thank you for sharing!
     
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    Lincoln is enshrined in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame! Not quite at the WWE level, perhaps, but a very good amateur. We have record of some some 300 wrestling matches during his younger years, of which he is said to have lost only once, to a man named Hank Thompson, while serving with the Illinois Volunteers in 1832, during the Blackhawk Indian War.
     
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    He designed an inflatable system that would allow steamboats to cross low water and was/is (I think) the only president awarded a U.S. patent for his work.
     
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    One interesting thing, contrary to conventional wisdom, is that Lincoln was by no means an advocate of absolute equality among the races. His stance at the time was much more complex. The main thing Lincoln didn't like was that blacks could not benefit from the fruits of their labor. Otherwise, Lincoln recognized blacks were inferior and his goal was to restrict slavery to South rather than completely getting rid of it.
     
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    His views changed substantially during the war, though. By the end he was publicly advocating for voting rights for some Freedmen. When one says, "Lincoln believed X about black people," you always have to qualify when, because it evolved.
     
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    Duly Noted, AndyHall
     
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    Since I am Host of Food Forum thought add some interesting facts on Abraham Lincoln and food.

    Lincoln's favorite dishes were Chicken Fricassee, Oyster Stew, and Apple Pie.

    He liked to drink water as his beverage. The Lincolns didn't drink alcoholic beverages. Usually if they received wine as a gift, Mrs. Lincoln sent it to military hospital.
     
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    Hmm that interesting
     
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    Did you know that Lincoln didn't have a middle name? He only had "Abraham" and "Lincoln".
     
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    Did you know that Lincoln was the first president to use the telegraph?
     
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    In Springfield Mr Lincoln had a horse named 'Old Bob' & a dog named 'Fido'
     
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    Beyond that, Fido gained some fame of his own in 1865 for attending his former master's funeral - fame that is the origin of the generic name of "Fido" for dogs thereafter, Lincoln having named the dog for a Latin verb that loosely translates to, "to be trustworthy/faithful". This original Fido - though beloved by Lincoln - was adopted in 1861 by the family of Springfield carpenter John Roll (a family friend) when the President-elect felt he couldn't bring his dog along to Washington.

    Fido's attendance at the Presidential funeral and the carte de vistes that were sold of his image led to his immediate fame thereafter, but that fame was made permanent when he himself was stabbed to death by a Springfield drunk for whom he was showing concern before the end of that same calendar year (1865) at the age of ten, thus, according to Roll, suffering the same fate as his original human companion - assassination.
     
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    Nobody at the time was. But Lincoln's views on the races was a lot more advanced than most of his peers. His belief in black voting for example.
     
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    Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth's older brother, was a strong political supporter of Lincoln's and is credited with saving Robert Lincoln's life when he almost fell off a station platform in New Jersey into the path of an oncoming train.
     
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    Lincoln once saved his family's dog from drowning. In 1830 as the Lincolns moved from Indiana to Illinois, their party crossed an icy creek. Lincoln's dog jumped from the wagon and broke through the ice. "I couldn't bear to lose my dog," Lincoln said, retelling the story years later. He jumped from the wagon himself and waded waist-deep in the water until he'd grabbed the dog and lifted him to safety.
     
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    His views changed for the 200K Blacks who served in the military and the few he thought were Smart. Other than that his views were consistent with those of the 50s.
     
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    Interesting thread.
     
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