Quite contrary to his outer appearance that made him look stern, Lincoln was indeed a man with a soft heart. He was in love with all his pet animals and so was his family. Lincoln family used to surround themselves with pets such as cat. The White House was home to other pets like Nanko and Nanny, the names of two goats that the family owned. Though, he had a dog named Fido, he left him at Illinois thinking that his pet wouldn’t be able to take the strain of a long distance train journey to Washington.
12. Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes saved Lincoln’s son Robert Todd’s life
While the elder brother Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln in cold blood, his younger brother, an actor named Edwin Booth saved the life of the President’s son Robert Todd. Robert Lincoln was waiting at the platform for catching a train on New Jersey station, and while doing so, fell suddenly in the space between the platform and an approaching train. It was Edwin Booth who caught Robert’s hand and pulled him to safety.
13. Lincoln test fired the rifles and muskets outside the White House
Abraham Lincoln had a knack for handling ammunition and was deeply interested in taking care of rifles and weapons that were used during the Civil War. So much was his passion for these gadgets that he used to personally test fire rifles and muskets outside White House. The artillery units used to conduct their testing outside the president’s residence, the whole affair being personally attended to by Lincoln. Cannon tests were conducted too. Even inventors of new rifles would gather outside and demonstrate their weaponry in front of the president.
14. Lincoln’s mother Nancy died because of poisonous milk
Most people in Southern Indiana were reported being sick with a mysterious sickness caused by drinking milk and this sickness resulted in the death of Lincoln’s mother Nancy too. This incident happened when he was just nine years old. But later, it was proved that the milk sickness was caused due to the cattle ingesting a plant called White Snake root, a poisonous species. The cows that ate these plants produced poisonous milk that ultimately killed Lincoln’s mother in 1818.
Unlike other 15 American Presidents that were residents of the 13 original states forming the United States of America, Lincoln was not a resident of even one. He occupied his position as a President from 1861 to 1865, taking the reigns from James Buchanan.
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