Revealing Anecdotes about Lincoln

Short stories about Lincoln that allowed you to better understand his character. Do you know that Lincoln is named in the Wrestling Hall of Fame? Do you know that Lincoln was an inventor?

01. Abraham Lincoln loved to tell stories

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After Secretary of War Edwin Stanton replied to a telegram demanding urgent instructions with “all right, go ahead”: “I suppose you meant,” said Mr. Lincoln, “that it was all right if it was good for him, and all wrong if it was not.

That reminds me,” said he, “of a story about a horse that was sold at the cross-roads near where I once lived. The horse was supposed to be fast, and quite a number of people were present at the time appointed for the sale. A small boy was employed to ride the horse backward and forward to exhibit his points. One of the would-be buyers followed the boy down the road and asked him confidentially if the horse had a splint. Well, mister, said the boy, if it’s good for him he has got it, but if it isn’t good for him he hasn’t.”


02. Abraham Lincoln is the only president to have obtained a patent.

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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.


03. Abraham Lincoln is named in the Wrestling Hall of Fame

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The Great Emancipator wasn’t quite WWE material, but thanks to his long limbs he was an accomplished wrestler as a young man.
Defeated only once in approximately 300 matches, Lincoln reportedly talked a little smack in the ring.

According to Carl Sandburg’s biography of Lincoln, Honest Abe once challenged an entire crowd of onlookers after dispatching an opponent: “I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.” There were no takers.

Lincoln’s grappling exploits earned him an “Outstanding American” honor in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.