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Happy Birthday Abe!
updated: Feb 12, 2014, 10:00 AM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

Abraham Lincoln was born 205 years ago on February 12th, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky. In honor of Honest Abe's birth, we decided to share some interesting facts about his life.

7 Fun Facts

1. He was the tallest U.S president at 6'4". Despite his stature, Lincoln apparently had a high-pitched voice and not a deep timbre.

2. He was the first president to have a beard. He was urged by advisors to grow a beard during his first term to soften some of his harsh features.

3. Lincoln was born to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. Actor Tom Hanks is a distant relative of the former president.

4. Lincoln was notoriously messy. His law office was often cluttered, much to the chagrin of his partner William Herndon. It is said Lincoln kept an envelope on his desk marked, "When you can't find it anywhere else, look into this."

5. Lincoln never slept in the Lincoln Bedroom. When he occupied the White House, the 16th president used the current Lincoln Bedroom as his personal office. It was there that he met with Cabinet members and signed documents, including the Emancipation Proclamation.

6. Lincoln is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame. As a young man he was defeated only once in approximately 300 matches.

7. He is the only president in American history to hold a patent. Lincoln invented an inflatable bellows system meant to improve the navigation of boats in shallow waters.

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(Source: Lincoln Library)

 

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