Abraham Lincoln’s Patent

     Abraham Lincoln was the only US president to hold a US patent.  On May 22, 1849, Abraham Lincoln was issued Patent No. 6469 for a device to lift boats over shoals.  Although an invention which was never manufactured, Lincoln evidenced a life-long interest in technology and invention.  Lincoln based his invention on his observations when he had traveled down river to New Orleans as a deck hand on a raft.  

Lincoln's Invention


The scale model of his invention is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Tomorrow, Lincoln’s “Malice Toward None Speech.  Rita Bay

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