Lincoln’s Dog Followed Him Even in Death

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) knew the value of a faithful friend. Maybe that's why he acquired a yellow mixed-breed dog in 1855 when he lived in Springfield, Illinois. The future President named the dog Fido, and they quickly became inseparable. Their connection would unite them in life -- and in death.  Fido accompanied Lincoln everywhere in... Continue Reading →

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The Day President Lincoln Became a Firefighter

The job of President of the United States can often be described as one of constantly putting out fires. Of course, we expect that to be a figurative description. For one President, however, that was literally the truth. On February 10, 1864 Sergeant Smith Stimmel was standing guard for President Abraham Lincoln at the White... Continue Reading →

Fiery Words from the Great Emancipator

A recent post on one of our favorite blogs, Rachel Being Chatty, reminded us of an anger management technique practiced by the 16th President.  Abraham Lincoln was no stranger to dealing with difficult people. He frequently encountered individuals who would fan the flames of Presidential irritation, causing Lincoln to want to tell the offenders exactly... Continue Reading →

Lincoln’s Method of Cleaning House

Clement Vallandigham apparently never did anything unless he would be remembered for it. His memorable death while defending a client in a courtroom has already been chronicled on these pages. (You can read all about it here.) Years before this dubious claim to fame, he had already made a name for himself by getting on President Abraham Lincoln's... Continue Reading →

Pardon Me, Mr. President

President Abraham Lincoln personally reviewed over 1,600 cases of military convictions during his 1,503 days in office and issued many pardons and commutations to soldiers who were convicted of desertion. Lincoln referred to these cases as "Leg Cases." He said, "If Almighty God gives a man a cowardly pair of legs, how can he help... Continue Reading →

Once Is an Accident. Twice is a Coincidence. Three Times is a Habit.

Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926), the eldest child of president Abraham Lincoln, was a witness to the murders of three presidents. He was at the White House on April 14, 1865 when his father was shot at Ford's Theater. He rushed to the Petersen House where the President was taken to be treated and was there... Continue Reading →

Anticipating Presidential Protection

One of the last official acts of President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) before leaving for Ford's Theater where he would be fatally shot was to sign legislation that created the United States Secret Service. While the Secret Service would ultimately be charged with the responsibility of protecting the President of the United States, it can hardly... Continue Reading →

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