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 →
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 →
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 →
President Abraham Lincoln liked to joke about the well-to-do background of his wife's family. "The Todds spell their name with two d's, which is pretty impressive, considering one d is good enough for God."
In the early days of the US Civil War, rumors began to circulate that the Confederacy had a highly-placed spy within the US government -- none other than the First Lady, herself, Mary Todd Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln was blamed for the string of military disasters experienced by the Union. The fact that she was born... Continue Reading →
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 →
Not a lot of people were laughing on September 22, 1862. The Civil War was about a year and a half old, and it was proving to be much more trying than either side had imagined. When President Abraham Lincoln called his War Cabinet into session that day, his advisors arrived in a grim and... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." -- President Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln used to tell the story about a time he was splitting rails when a man carrying a rifle walked up to him and demanded that Lincoln look him directly in the eye. Lincoln stopped his work and obliged the man, who continued to silently stare at him for some minutes. Finally the man... Continue Reading →
Whenever he had to listen to a long-winded speaker or read a letter that went on and on, Abraham Lincoln would observe, "It's like the lazy preacher who used to write long sermons; he'd get to writing and was too lazy to stop."
President Abraham Lincoln holds the distinction of being the only US President to have obtained a patent. The US Patent Office issued Patent No. 6,469 for "Buoying Vessels Over Shoals" on May 22, 1849. Lincoln conceived the idea of inventing a mechanism that would lift a boat over shoals and obstructions when on two different... Continue Reading →
" Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough." -- Abraham Lincoln