Abraham Lincoln had no middle name and actually hated being called Abe. Lincoln was the first U.S. president to have a beard.
Abraham Lincoln is the only President to hold a patent. By the way, it was related to river navigation. He ran two times for the U.S. Senate and lost both. Lincoln set up the Department of Agriculture. Abraham Lincoln established a standardised currency and the national banking system. The first president to use the telegraph, Lincoln exchanged daily messages with his generals. Lincoln introduced the nation’s first income tax. Abraham Lincoln endorsed legislation, which in fact created the U.S. Secret Service only few hours before his assassination. He also made Thanksgiving a national holiday. Lincoln never actually used what is known today as Lincoln Bedroom in White House. Abraham Lincoln was the first President of the United States to be assassinated. Booth’s original plan was not to kill the President but to kidnap him. During the Civil War, Lincoln severely violated civil liberties throughout the Union. He simply ignored court rulings which stated that he had exceeded his constitutional powers. Until 1865, many newspapers were shut down and some 13,000 citizens were sent to prison. Several massacres of Indians also took place during Lincoln’s term of office. In 1862, Abraham Lincoln personally endorsed the largest mass hanging in United States history which led to the hanging of 38 Dakota Indian men in Minnesota. The Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado in 1864 resulted in the death and mutilation of hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women and children. Edwin Booth, brother of Lincoln’s assassin, saved the life of president’s son in a train-related accident. Lincoln was a great wrestler: out of 300 matches he only lost one. In 1876, thieves tried to steal Lincoln’s corpse, intending to ask a ransom. Abraham Lincoln was in fact obsessed with cats. Lincoln read the Bible but never belonged to any church.