Where’d He Find the Time?

shutterstock_118649905 copyABRAHAM LINCOLN IS remembered for many things — the Gettysburg Address, abolishing slavery, living in a log cabin — but what you might not have realized is that he also was an inventor. According to a vintage 1924 Popular Mechanics Magazine, Honest Abe patented a boat lift of sorts: a simple system of ropes and pulleys attached to bellows placed in each side of the hull of the craft. When the keel grated against sand or an obstruction, the bellows would fill with air and buoy the vessel over the shoal. Lincoln was a soldier, a lawyer, a congressman, inventor and the president of the United States. He really meant it when he said “towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.”

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