Name: Abraham Lincoln
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Famous Years: 1861-Present
Currently Known For: Former President of the United States
|Networth: Less than $1 million||Famous For: 16th President of the United States, freeing American slaves, being assassinated while in office|
Birthdate February 12, 1809
Famous Years 1861-Present
Currently Known For Former President of the United States
Networth Less than $1 million
Famous For 16th President of the United States, freeing American slaves, being assassinated while in office
"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." There are certain presidents that come to mind before others because of their accomplishments, and one of those presidents is Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States, leading the nation throughout the Civil War. Lincoln was elected president in 1860, and held office for just over four years with his vice presidents Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson.
Lincoln served as president in a time where IQ tests didn’t exist, so experts have had to come up with estimates for his intelligence. To do so, they’ve looked at his entire history, from the time when he was growing up in the midwest to his final days as president. All signs have pointed to Lincoln being a very intelligent man, and it’s estimated that his IQ was around 140.
An IQ of 140 meant that Lincoln was highly intelligent, and well above the average, planting himself firmly in the gifted category. Only a handful of presidents have had a higher IQ than Lincoln, and would put him as the fourth highest member of the Republican Party behind only Theodore Roosevelt, James Garfield and Chester Arthur.
While he was growing up, Lincoln didn’t want to participate in the hard life of working outdoors all day. He was more content spending his time reading and writing, and opening a book was Lincoln’s favorite hobby as a child. Teachers of Lincoln have said that he was very studious, and could almost always be found reading. When he got into his teenage years, Lincoln became tall and athletic, making him very gifted in sports, but he was still more interested in learning.
Lincoln came up with tutors for his youth, making him one of the few presidents that never attended college. Lincoln doesn’t even have a high school degree, as he only spent about one year in a formal school during his life. The fact that he was able to overcome his lack of educational experience to become president is a great feat on its own.
Lincoln was admitted to the Illinois bar where he became a successful lawyer. Not many people can say that they’ve become a lawyer without a college degree, but Lincoln was a man of great intelligence that wouldn’t be held back by a lack of formal schooling. During this time, Lincoln also served as a United States Representative, winning his election in 1843 under the Whig Party.
He would eventually become a member of the Republican Party when he suggested that slaves be freed, making a big name for himself in debates over the issue that had split the nation in half. In 1860, the United States held an election to decide who would be the president between Lincoln and John C. Breckenridge. The election made history as 81.2 percent of voters submitted their ballot, a number that has only been matched once since then.
It was a very pivotal time in American history, and Lincoln had won all of the northern states in America, as well as the new states of California and Oregon. Even without the seven total electoral votes from the west, Lincoln still would’ve won handily. The United States certainly made a wise decision in picking Lincoln to lead the nation, as he proved himself to be one of the most intelligent presidents with a high level of leadership.
To say that Lincoln was accomplished would be an understatement, as very few presidents have achieved as much as Lincoln. Lincoln helped those that had very little money to attain land thanks to the Homestead Act of 1862, and of course issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed American slaves. That led to the 13th Amendment in the United States Constitution, which made it illegal to have slaves or indentured servants.
Lincoln’s brilliant mind also made him the only president in United States history to hold a patent. Lincoln invented inflatable air chambers that could be placed at the bottom of a boat to help it get out of rough terrain. He received his patent in 1849, which was officially called patent number 6469, “A device for buoying vessels over shoals.”
By all measures, not only was Lincoln a man of the people, but he was also among the smartest Americans during his time. If there were a presidential candidate these days that only attended one year of formal school and never went to college, they might not even get serious consideration no matter how smart he or she would be. It just goes to show how smart Lincoln was, and how good he was at getting his points across to the public.
Sadly, Lincoln’s time as president would be cut short on April 14, 1865 when he was at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.. While watching a play on the stage, Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor opposed Lincoln’s ideals about abolishing slavery and making the United States whole once again. Despite being cut short, Lincoln’s presidency is already regarded by many to be the greatest in U.S. history, and it’s hard to imagine how much more he could have accomplished with four more years in office.