10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Abraham Lincoln

  • President Abraham Lincoln
President Abraham Lincoln
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Abraham Lincoln is often called the greatest President in the history of the United States, or at least in the top three alongside George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Not only did he guide America through the Civil War and help bring about an end to slavery, but “Honest Abe” was also widely regarded as a good man (though his legacy may be more complicated than the broad strokes of history would suggest). His speeches, too — such as the brief but impactful Gettysburg Address — rank among the most important in American history. 

Incredibly, between 15,000 and 18,000 books have been written about the 16th President of the United States. That’s an awful lot of reading, so to save you some time, here are 10 things you probably never knew about Abraham Lincoln. 

Lincoln Wore a Size 14 Shoe

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Lincoln’s feet were the biggest in U.S. presidential history. He wore a size 14 shoe, which made finding adequate footwear something of a problem. As a result, he often suffered from sore feet. He found comfort in the hands of Issachar Zacharie, a controversial podiatrist and con artist who despite lying about having a medical degree, among other things, managed to become one of Lincoln’s closest confidants. 

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