To Have Been A Cup On Abraham Lincoln's Desk

Lincoln was a man formed in his failures, who rose to the top office and lead this country through its most difficult years. And he was taken from the world well before he was finished with his work.


During those nearly 5 years of service, what was it like?

What was it like I wonder when he took office and was thrust into a civil war, and then made the brave decision to turn the war's purpose from Union, to Emancipation.

The pressures he faced would crush most people, the choices he had to make would make most of people tremble in fear and he succeeded in his endeavors.


It would have been eye-opening to have been:

  • Cradled in his hand on the morning of his election.
  • Brewing on the stove when the word came that Fort Sumter had been attacked.
  • Resting on a table, listening to the greatest American speech in history. (Gettysburg Address) 
  • Cooling in steel cup when he delivered the Emancipation Proclamation declaring, that all individuals who were held as slaves "henceforward shall be free."

He was a president that, by all accounts, made the greatest positive changes in our history and is commonly ranked as the #1 president.

But who was he before the presidency?



1) He practiced law without a degree. Lincoln had about 18 months of formal schooling. (Constitution Daily)

2) He really was a wrestler. Lincoln was documented as taking part in wrestling bouts. 

The Great Emancipator wasn’t quite WWE material, but thanks to his long limbs he was an accomplished wrestler as a young man. Defeated only once in approximately 300 matches, Lincoln reportedly talked a little smack in the ring. According to Carl Sandburg’s biography of Lincoln, Honest Abe once challenged an entire crowd of onlookers after dispatching an opponent: “I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.” There were no takers. Lincoln’s grappling exploits earned him an “Outstanding American” honor in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. (History Channel)

3) He lost in his first bid for a presidential ticket. The unknown Lincoln was an unsuccessful vice presidential candidate in 1856 at the Republican convention.

4) Lincoln created the Secret Service hours before his assassination.

On April 14, 1865, Lincoln signed legislation creating the U.S. Secret Service. That evening, he was shot at Ford’s Theatre. Even if the Secret Service had been established earlier, it wouldn’t have saved Lincoln: The original mission of the law enforcement agency was to combat widespread currency counterfeiting. It was not until 1901, after the killing of two other presidents, that the Secret Service was formally assigned to protect the commander-in-chief. (History Channel)

5) He hated being called Abe. Apparently, he preferred being called by his last name. (Constitution Daily)


Happy Birthday Abe...I mean Mr. President.


1 comment

  1. Susan Schmidt 12 February, 2015 at 10:38 Reply

    LOVED this piece on Lincoln, especially “To Have Been Mr. Lincoln’s Coffee Cup”. I live in Illinois & have been to his home & fabulous Lincoln Museum in Springfield many times. Thank you so much for sending this. I forwarded it to many friends who may be potential customers.

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