Abraham Lincoln, inventor


Any visitor to Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello knows of Jefferson’s wide-ranging interests, and work in science and invention.  I was rather surprised to discover the depth of George Washington’s inventive work, in a seminar sponsorred by the Bill of Rights Institute at Mount Vernon a few years ago.

Abraham Lincoln, too?

Lincoln lived along the Sangamon River, and he saw development of the river for commercial navigation to be a boon for his district’s economic growth.  Unfortunately, the Sangamon is not deep; boats had difficult times navigating over the many logs and snags, and shallows.

So, Mr. Lincoln offered a technical solution, for which he was granted a patent in 1849.  Details below, from Google Patents:

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4 Responses to Abraham Lincoln, inventor

  1. So, you listened to the program?

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  2. James Hanley says:

    LOL. I’m one of those unusual folks who’s not a fan of Lincoln, but even I have to laugh at Mr. Lofton. It’s one of the more bizarre aspects of the blogosphere that some folks with an ax to grind think every mention of their pet peeve is enhanced by a sales pitch for their whackaloon organizations.

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  3. http://www.theamericanview.com/index.php?id=1253

    196: Beware! We Are Awash In A Tidal Wave Of Lies About The Murderous Tyrant Abraham Lincoln

    On this program, John Lofton and “Institute On The Constitution” Senior Instructor Pastor David Whitney refute many of those lies. You’ll also hear: Pat Robertson’s preposterous praising of Lincoln (where is that “word of knowledge” when Robertson needs it most?); part of a pro-suicide poem by Lincoln when he was 29; and you’ll hear several sound-bites from the History Channel’s 3-hour program about Dishonest Abe.
    Comments encouraged.

    John Lofton, Editor
    TheAmericanView.com
    Recovering Republican
    JLof@aol.com

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