Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Happy Birthday, Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born on this day in 1809. Were he still with us, he would have been 199.
Lifted from The Writer's Almanac, here are some things you might not know about the namesake of Nebraska's capital city:

Lincoln was the first president to have a beard in office.
Lincoln was the tallest president — 6'4".
Lincoln was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration.
Lincoln was the only president to ever receive a patent (for a device that lifted ships over dangerous shoals).
Lincoln liked animals. He had a dog (Jib), a cat (Bob), and a turkey (Jack).
Lincoln liked the works of Poe.
Lincoln had a messy office.
Lincoln had a loud laugh.

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