10 Interesting Facts About Abraham Lincoln. #4 Is The Reason He's My Favorite US President.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt. ~ Abraham Lincoln
Prior to beginning my research of Honest Abe, I knew very little about the 16th US President - despite him being one of the most documented American Presidents in history. As I started digging deeper into his life, I began realizing that Lincoln's life holds many lessons, from overcoming failure to inspiring greatness in others. He was one of the most well-loved Presidents in US history, a technophile, a humanitarian and exceptionally astute.
While we all know the dry facts of Lincoln's life, there are many interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln that are not well publicized. This list is dedicated to the lesser-known facts about his life, and I think you will discover a newfound respect and awe for the man and his legacy.
Prior to being elected president, Lincoln was a perpetual loser.
When it came to elections, Lincoln lost more than he won. He was soundly trounced in his first election, running for the Illinois General Assembly. After successfully winning his second attempt, he went on to run for a seat in Congress, and lost. His next step was to run for a Senate seat, which he also failed to win. Not satisfied with losing, he ran in the next election, and lost once again. Now tired of losing at the lower level, he set his sights on winning the vice-presidential nomination for the Republican Party, which in following the pattern, he lost. He finally ended his losing streak in 1858, winning the party nomination for Presidential candidate and, eventually, winning the Presidential election.
Lincoln's son has ties to three presidential assassinations.
Maybe Edwin Booth shouldn't have saved Robert Lincoln in New Jersey. In American history, there have only been four sitting Presidents assassinated, and Robert Lincoln was connected to three of them. On the night of his father's assassination, Robert was expected to attend, but decided to stay at the White House instead. 16 years later, Robert was invited to a train station by President James Garfield. This time he accepted the invitation, but never got to meet Garfield – he was shot dead by Charles Guiteau. Two decades go by, and Robert was invited to attend the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, at the behest of President William McKinley. He accepted, and the day he was to meet with McKinley, Leon Czolgosz shot the President in the stomach, leading to his death. After this event, Robert would turn down all future Presidential invitations, which likely made those presidents breathe a sigh of relief.