Lincoln Fun Fact #3

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln is the Only President to Have Obtained a Patent?

Benjamin Franklin isn’t the only American political leader who demonstrated an inventive mind. After being aboard a steamboat that ran aground on low shoals and had to unload its cargo, Lincoln, who loved tinkering with machines, designed a method for keeping vessels afloat when traversing shallow waters. The method used empty metal air chambers attached to their sides. For his design, Lincoln obtained Patent No. 6,469 in 1849. (from

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