10 Hidden Talents of Former US Presidents

Abraham Lincoln, POTUS #16, was the only President in US history who was also a licensed bartender. He was the co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a store/drinking establishment in New Salem, Illinois, where he lived from 1831 to 1837 and was issued a bartender’s license in 1833.

In the late 1850s, Lincoln taught himself the mathematical art of surveying as well as geometry and law (huh?). In 1848, with the help of Walter Davis, a mechanic in Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln created a scale model of a device for buoying boats over shallow waters. He applied for a patent, however, his invention was never manufactured. To this day, Abraham Lincoln has been the only U.S. president to have ever held a patent. Now, that’s impressive.