A President’s Day Tale
From John Wood at Old time Strongman, via email:
On the day of April 8th, 1865, President Lincoln was at a Union Army field hospital in Virginia, spending hours shaking hands and greeting thousands of wounded soldiers.
At the end of that long day, he spotted an ax and walked over to it.
He was able to grip the ax by the very end of the handle and hold the 7-pound tool parallel to the ground, motionless. He was 56 years old at the time.
“Strong men who looked on, men accustomed to manual labor, could not hold the same ax in that position for a moment,” wrote Francis Fisher Browne, a Union soldier who authored a biography called “The Every-Day Life of Abraham Lincoln.”
Lincoln performed this feat on several occasions and it was never mentioned that anyone could duplicate it.
They still have the ax; it is located at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois.
Lincoln also was a wrestler, incidentally — and quite a good one.
By comparison? Well. You know.
I bet Lincoln could dribble with his left, too. Had there been such a thing as basketball, I mean.