Abe Lincoln, inventor

In connection with this week’s bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, U.S. News and World Report has a great article on Lincoln’s interest in technology such as the telegraph.  Suggests the article, were Lincoln alive today, “he would fight just as hard to keep his BlackBerry as President Barack Obama did.”  Also turns out that Lincoln was an inventor, apparently the only president to get a U.S. patent.  The patent, for a manner of buoying vessels, is, shown below.

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