40 Facts About the Man on the Penny
40 Facts About the Man on the Penny

40 Facts About the Man on the Penny

Trista - December 28, 2018

40 Facts About the Man on the Penny
Abraham Lincoln’s goat slippers. The Hayes Museum/The Civil War Parlor.

8. Lincoln Wore A Size 14 Shoe

Abraham Lincoln was not only the tallest President of the United States of America in its history, but he is also the president with the biggest shoe size. Lincoln’s shoe size was a size 14. About a year before he died, Abraham Lincoln went to Kahler to get shoes specially made for him. In the drawing, it shows that Lincoln had a size 14 shoe. On top of that, there is a pair of goat slippers worn by Lincoln that is sometimes on display at the President Lincoln Cottage.

40 Facts About the Man on the Penny
No smoking sign. Safety sign.

7. Lincoln Did Not Smoke Or Chew

Abraham Lincoln was known to be a straightforward man throughout his whole life, even once he became president and resided in the White House. Lincoln often chose quiet nights, where the family would sit and read or play games. Lincoln was also known to be a simple man in he never drank alcohol at the White House, and possibly stopped drinking completely later in life. On top of this, Lincoln also did not smoke or chew tobacco.

40 Facts About the Man on the Penny
An assortment of fruit. leonori/Shutterstock/Mnn.

6. Some of Lincoln’s Favorite Foods Were Fruit

As stated before, Abraham Lincoln was a simple man, and this style followed him to his choices of food. While Mary, Lincoln’s wife, often said that she had trouble getting him to remember to eat, the meals she learned he loved were always around, no matter where he was living. His favorite food was known to be fruit. However, Lincoln also had many other favorite foods, such as oysters, cheese, crackers, biscuits, apple pie, and Chicken Fricassee.

40 Facts About the Man on the Penny
Lincoln’s tomb. Expedia/Tourism Media.

5. Grave Robbers Tried To Steal Lincoln’s Body In 1876

On November 7, 1876, Big Jim” Kinealy and his crew decided to act out a plan where they would break into Lincoln’s tomb and steal his corpse. Of course, the vault securely locked, so the men had to use many tools to break in. They were going to take the coffin away in a horse and buggy. When Kinealy told one of his men, Swegles, to bring the horse and buggy, Swegles alerted the police instead. The police arrested the men and Lincoln’s only surviving son, Robert, hired the best lawyer to try the men and then buried his father.

40 Facts About the Man on the Penny
Abraham Lincoln clipart. World Arts Me.

4. Lincoln Enjoyed Telling Jokes And Stories

Abraham Lincoln was known to be a very mild-tempered and easy-going man. He often enjoyed making other people laugh, especially during tough times, such as the Civil War. For Lincoln, it did not matter what was going on in the world; if Lincoln could tell a joke and make someone laugh, he would. On top of this, Lincoln was known to be a great storyteller, and whether he asked someone to visit him in the White House or he met someone on the street, he would often tell at least one story.

40 Facts About the Man on the Penny
Painting of Lincoln writing. Picturing History.

3. Lincoln Would Test Rifles Outside Of The White House

President Abraham Lincoln took his Commander in Chief role seriously throughout the Civil War. Not only would he often visit the generals and soldiers on the battlefields and give speeches, but he would also test-fire the rifles which were going out to the soldiers. Lincoln took great care in the artillery that the Union troops would use and spent many hours discussing the firing weapons with professionals. On top of this, he would shoot off the rifles outside on the White House grounds, even though this was illegal in Washington, D.C.

40 Facts About the Man on the Penny
A picture of a picture of Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy. Pinterest.

2. Lincoln’s Mother Died Due To Poisoned Milk

Abraham Lincoln was only nine years old when his mother, Nancy Lincoln, passed away. She died on October 5, 1818, from what was called a mysterious milk illness. However, Nancy was not the only person to die due to this mysterious illness as this same sickness killed several others in the area. Years later, people would learn that what really killed Nancy was tainted milk from a cow which had ingested poisonous white snakeroot.

40 Facts About the Man on the Penny
The Lincoln Bedroom in the White House. US Government/White House History.

1. Lincoln Never Slept In the Lincoln Bedroom

Today, one of the most notable rooms in the White House is the Lincoln Bedroom. Decorated with a rosewood bed, simply called the “Lincoln Bed” which is believed to have been bought by Mrs. Lincoln when the family moved to the White House. However, Lincoln never actually slept in this room. What is now called the Lincoln Bedroom was Lincoln’s personal office, where he met with cabinet members, wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, and signed many vital documents.


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