Why Did Abraham Lincoln Hate His Nickname?

What this great American president hated was his nickname, Abe.

He even disliked the nickname “Honest Abe.” Lincoln was honest, but he wasn’t above trickery. While serving as a state lawmaker, he had a very cunning trick.

If he didn’t think his side was going to win a vote and knew that if he wasn’t around there wouldn’t be enough people to take a vote, he’d just jump out a window. That way his side wouldn’t lose.

Of course, the window was on the first floor, so he didn’t get hurt. When Lincoln was a postmaster in Illinois it sometimes happened that customers didn’t come in to pick up their mail. Lincoln would deliver it to them himself.

They say he kept the letters under his stovepipe hat when he was riding his horse to make the delivery.

Did you know that more than 1,500 books have been written about him and that he once invented a device for lifting riverboats over shallow water?

About Karen Hill

Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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