The nice folks at H&R Block have created an infographic for President’s Day.
Some things I found interesting:
- Both of these guys were really tall.
- Lincoln was only 56 when he died. Why did I think he was older?
- There was no federal income tax when Washington was President and only two income tax rates – 3% and 5% – when Lincoln was president.
I also just finished the book Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard for our book club. Here’s my quick review:
I learned so much from this book that I didn’t know about Lincoln, the end of his life, and the players involved. I knew Lincoln was killed in a theater of course, but didn’t realize that John Wilkes Booth was a famous actor. I also didn’t realize that the conspiracy was bigger than Lincoln and Booth and that other murders were planned for that night.
The access that the public had to the President and the White House was amazing, especially when contrasted to today’s Secret Service protection.
Also, a note: The book starts with a lot of details about the end of the Civil War. Unless you’re a Civil War or history buff, you might find these chapters slow. But the war details only make up about a quarter of book and they do set the stage for what happens next.
Does anything in this infographic surprise you? Have you read Killing Lincoln or any of the other books out about Lincoln? Have you seen the movie?