84 Influential Facts About POTUS – Presidents of the USA – Part 2

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51Abraham Lincoln

When negotiating with Americans in the 1850's, the Japanese leader inflated his title from Shogun (meaning "general of the army") to Taikun (meaning "great prince/lord"). The title then entered the English language as "Tycoon," and was adopted as a nickname for Abraham Lincoln by his staff.

52. A few weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected President, 11-year-old Grace Bedell sent Lincoln a letter encouraging him to grow a beard, writing, "All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you..." By the time of his inauguration, Lincoln had a full beard.

53. Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert Lincoln, was present at three out of four U.S. presidential assassinations. When asked to attend a presidential function he declined by stating "there is a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present."

54. Everyone thought Abraham Lincoln was ugly, including himself. Once when he was accused of being “two-faced,” he replied, “If I had two-faces, would I be wearing this one?”

55. The photographer who took Abraham Lincoln's photo on the $5 bill is better known for inventing a pump-action folding shotgun.

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56Secret service

Abraham Lincoln created the Secret service just hours before he was assassinated.

57. Both Tom Hanks & George Clooney are related to Abraham Lincoln.

58. The last surviving witness to the Abraham Lincoln assassination lived long enough to be interviewed about it on television.

59. There was a plot to kill the Vice President Andrew Johnson (George Atzerodt) and Secretary of State William H. Seward (Lewis Powell) concurrently with the Lincoln assassination. The Secretary of State was stabbed in the face but lived, and the assailant who was to kill the Vice President got drunk instead.

60. Abraham Lincoln suffered from a lifelong "melancholy," a condition we now call clinical depression. His suffering was so severe, that his community had to put him under a "suicide watch."

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61Cotton workers

In 1862, Abraham Lincoln wrote to the cotton workers of Manchester, the UK to thank them for their stance on anti-slavery.

62. Abraham Lincoln successfully defended a criminal defendant by using an almanac to challenge a man's assertion that he saw the murderer "By the light of the moon."

63. There is a photo of Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession and Theodore Roosevelt as a child is seen watching from his window.

64. Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert, was once saved from being hit by a train when a man grabbed him off the tracks. The man was Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth.

65. Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx exchanged friendly letters and discussed their similar views on the exploitation of labor.

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66Lincoln's patent

Abraham Lincoln became the first and only president to register a patent; the invention, which was never produced, was an idea for lifting boats over obstructions if they got stuck.

67. In 1840, Abraham Lincoln and four other legislators jumped out of a window in order to prevent a vote that would have eliminated the Illinois state bank.

68. Abraham Lincoln used to tell a long joke about a man carving a turkey at a fancy party who puts so much force into the effort that he rips a huge fart in front of everyone.

69. Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression. He was scared to carry knives because he was afraid he'd kill himself.

70. Donald Trump tried to sue an author for $5 billion. The reason was that the author called him a millionaire instead of a billionaire.

71Charles Darwin

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same day in the same year.

72. John Wilkes Booth was one of the most famous men in America and Abraham Lincoln was one of his fans.

73. Since Abraham Lincoln's burial, his coffin had been moved 17 times and opened 6 times. On the last time the coffin was opened (1901) his face was still perfectly recognizable

74. After Abraham Lincoln was called out for refusing to indicate whether or not he wanted to go Heaven or Hell he said "I did not come here with the idea of being singled out, but since you ask, I will reply with equal candor. I intend to go to Congress."

75. Abraham Lincoln supported colonizing blacks in South America or sending them back to Africa.


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