You might be surprised to learn…
… Lincoln was the tallest American president to date, standing at 6ft 4″. Among his presidential rivals in height are Lyndon Baines Johnson (6ft 3″) and Thomas Jefferson (6ft 2½”). Current president, Barack Obama, is 6ft 1″.
… Lincoln is the only president to have a patent. The patent was for a Lincoln-devised device for freeing ships that had run aground in shallow water. Lincoln received the patent (number 6469) in 1849.
… his eventual assassin wasn’t unknown to him. Lincoln watched John Wilkes Booth perform in The Marble Heart at Ford’s Theatre in November 1863.
… Lincoln’s coffin has been moved 17 times and opened five times. What’s more, in 1876 grave robbers tried to steal his remains.
… he was the first president to receive a transcontinental telegraph message. The message was wired to the president in Washington by California’s chief justice, Stephen J Field, on 24 October 1861. It congratulated Lincoln on the transcontinental telegraph’s completion that day.