Abraham Lincoln: The Only President to Obtain a Patent.

In honor of President’s Day, we want to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s patent for “buoying vessels over shoals.” A shoal is a large number of fish grouped together in a body of water.



President Lincoln was granted US Patent No. 6,469 on May 22, 1849. Making him the first, and only, US president to obtain a patent. Lincoln’s passion for advancements in both technology and science is inspiring to future inventors.

He was able to pave the way for other presidents to continue his legacy of invention moving forward. Be on the lookout for more technological advancements, as new presidents take office. Because you never know who may have a unique patent in the works!


Other Fun Patent Facts:

  • George Washington helped establish the patent system.
  • Thomas Jefferson was the first president to become a patent examiner.


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