Many common historical presidential myths exist, including that George Washington, not Abraham Lincoln, had wooden teeth manufactured by Paul Revere, when in fact both did not. The long-standing tradition that Abraham Lincoln drafted his Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope is also untrue, according to About.com.
Another historical presidential myth about Abraham Lincoln involves the Lincoln Memorial. It is rumored that his hands were sculpted to form the letters "A" and "L" in American Sign Language. The National Parks Service dispels this myth as purely coincidental. Another myth about Lincoln's statue within the Lincoln Memorial is that the face of Robert E. Lee is carved on the back of the statue, which is also untrue.Learn More
Abraham Lincoln did receive various awards during his life. He received Doctor of Laws, an honorary degree, from Knox College, Columbia University and the College of New Jersey. He was also elected by the Phi Alpha Society in Illinois for an honorary membership.Full Answer >
John Wilkes Booth was the person who shot Abraham Lincoln. An actor, Booth had access to all parts of Ford's Theater, where he shot President Lincoln on April 14, 1865.Full Answer >
There is no historical evidence to support claims that Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, was a vampire hunter. This lore arose from the publication and popularity of a bestselling work of historical fiction entitled "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," which was also made into a movie.Full Answer >
Commonly known as Honest Abe, The Washington Times referred to Abraham Lincoln as decent, kind, sensitive, compassionate, honest and empathetic. The former president has also been called guarded, patient, energetic and easy going, according to The Lincoln Institute. The man was considered simple, pure and sincere by many.Full Answer >