It’s the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, born in Hardin County, Kentucky (now part of LaRue County) in 1809. Here are some things that you may not have known about Lincoln: He was the first president to have a beard while in office. And he was the tallest president at six feet, four inches.
He was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration. And in the picture of his second inauguration you can see John Wilkes Booth standing near him.
Lincoln liked animals and he owned a cat, “Bob,” a turkey, “Jack,” and a dog, “Jib.” On the night of his assassination, they found in Lincoln's pockets two pairs of glasses, an ivory and silver pocketknife, a linen handkerchief, a Confederate five-dollar bill, a gold watch fob, and a new leather wallet with a pencil inside of it.
Lincoln was the only president ever to receive a patent. It was for a device that lifted ships over shoals in the water.
He was known for keeping an untidy office and also for his loud and resonant laugh. He admired the works of Edgar Allan Poe, but when Lincoln saw that a campaign document had claimed that he spent his free time reading Plutarch, he began reading Lives.
Many thought that Lincoln was overindulgent as a father and he would let his youngest two boys run and play freely in the Presidential Office.