To celebrate President’s Day, we wanted to dive deeper into the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. To learn more about what made them unique-we put a twist on what they might store in their self-storage units if they were still around today. These fun President’s Day facts are sure to get you thinking.
A wrestling singlet
Abraham Linoln’s long limbs and tall stature made him a competitive wrestler. Defeated only once in approximately 300 matches, his grappling skills earned him an “Outstanding American” honor in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
A cat poster
Mary Todd Lincoln was once asked what her husband’s favorite hobby was- she replied “Cats”. He was once unexpectedly gifted two kittens from the Secretary of State William Seward. He named them Dixie and Tabby. The President was quoted during the Civil War: “Dixie is smarter than my whole cabinet! And furthermore she doesn’t talk back!”
While planning for the civil war, he came across three stray kittens and cared for them without hesitation. Members of his cabinet recall Lincoln playing and petting them for hours.
A top hat
The top hat also refereed to as a “stove top” hat, was a basic piece of Abraham Lincoln’s wardrobe. It is said, that Lincoln would keep important letters inside the hat. One of Lincoln’s top hats is kept on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
The Lincoln Cent, of course!
In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt wrote to his Secretary of the Treasury, complaining that the U.S. coin lacked artistic merit, and asked if it would be possible to engage an artist, to prepare new coin designs. The Lincoln cent, was then designed by Victor David Brenner in 1909. On the back of the Lincoln cent, in Latin, is engraved“E pluribus unum”, which translates to “out of many, one”. Expressing that the 13 colonies emerged into a single nation.
An optical land level
George Washington was a professional land surveyor. He spent the early part of his career as a professional surveyor. Here’s one of the earliest maps he created, of the town of Alexandria, Virginia.
A whiskey barrel
He owned a profitable whiskey distillery in Mount Vernon. According to Julian Niemcewicz, a Polish visitor to the estate, it distilled 12,000 gallons a year. In 1799, Washington wrote to his nephew: “Two hundred gallons of Whiskey will be ready this day for your call, and the sooner it is taken the better, as the demand for this article (in these parts) is brisk.”
George Washington wrote anywhere from 18,000 to 20,000 letters during the course of his lifetime.
When we hear the name George Washington, what many of us remember from elementary school is that he had horrible issues with his teeth. A very popular myth is that he had wooden teeth implanted into his mouth the replace the ones that had fallen out. What most people don’t know is that he actually had ivory teeth from the tusks of elephants implanted. What happens to ivory over time of eating and drinking is that is starts developing hairline cracks that turn brown which was commonly mistaken for wood.