Abraham Lincoln: Did you know?

Abraham LincolnPresident Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and is well-known for ending slavery in the United States. However, there are other facts that are not so widely known. Benjamin Franklin isn’t the only American political leader who demonstrated an inventive mind. After being aboard a steamboat that ran aground on low shoals and had to unload its cargo, Lincoln, who loved tinkering with machines, designed a method for keeping vessels afloat when traversing shallow waters through the use of empty metal air chambers attached to their sides. For his design, Lincoln obtained Patent No. 6,469 in 1849.

President Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He was born Feb. 12, 1809, and assassinated April 14, 1865. On April 14, 1865, Lincoln signed legislation creating the U.S. Secret Service. That evening, he was shot at Ford’s Theatre. Even if the Secret Service had been established earlier, it wouldn’t have saved Lincoln: The original mission of the law enforcement agency was to combat widespread currency counterfeiting. It was not until 1901, after the killing of two other presidents, which the Secret Service was formally assigned to protect the commander in chief.

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