10 Interesting Facts About Abraham Lincoln. #4 Is The Reason He's My Favorite US President.
Lincoln directed the violation of civil liberties to help the war effort.
For all the freedom he fought for, Lincoln was not one to let things like constitutional rights get in the way of fighting the Civil War. Maryland was on the fence during the early days of the war, with citizens rioting and discussing leaving the Union. Lincoln put a stop to this by suspending the writ of habeus corpus, and sending agents to imprison anyone they saw fit, without a trial, for any period of time. This included newspapers and their writers and publishers. 13,000 citizens would be jailed, even though the courts ruled that Lincoln had violated the Constitution.
The paths of Lincoln and Booth crossed prior to Ford's Theater.
Not the paths of Abraham and John Wilkes, but instead, the paths of Lincoln's son Robert and the Booth's brother Edwin, a famous actor. On a visit to New Jersey, Robert was jostled by a crowd of passengers, and fell into a space between the platform and a train that had started moving. Moments from injury, a man reached down and pulled Robert to safety – Edwin Booth. Only months later, John Wilkes Booth would walk into Ford's Theatre.