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

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76Lincoln and Marx

Karl Marx described Abraham Lincoln as being "a man neither to be browbeaten by adversity nor intoxicated by success."


77. Abraham Lincoln once said, "Women are the only things that cannot hurt me that I am afraid of."


78. In 1861, Giuseppe Garibaldi, the hero of Italy's independence, volunteered his services to President Abraham Lincoln and was offered a Major General's commission in the U.S. Army. His sole condition was that the war's objective is declared as the abolition of slavery.


79. The first Stiller to use the sour mash method was James Crow, leading to Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon. The favorite of both Ulysses Grant and Abraham Lincoln during the war, it was referred to as "the only good thing to come out of the South," by Northern troops. You can still buy it today.


80. Abraham Lincoln is the only president in U.S. history to also have been a licensed bartender.


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81Benjamin Helm

When Abraham Lincoln's brother-in-law Confederate General Benjamin Helm was killed in battle in 1863, Lincoln and his wife went into private mourning at the White House to avoid criticism. The widowed Emilie Todd Helm was granted safe passage to the White House.


82. Contrary to popular belief, King Mongkut of Siam's proposed gift of elephants to Abraham Lincoln was not meant to be used to combat the Confederacy, but rather to create a feral pack of elephants in the US for future use.


83. Abraham Lincoln dressed up as a Scottish immigrant in order to escape an assassination attempt on his way to Washington for his Inauguration.


84. There was a man still alive in 1963 who had viewed Abraham Lincoln in an open casket.

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