This Republican was one of the most unpopular Presidents in the history of the United States. Newspapers referred to him as a buffoon and a monkey. The New York Tribune chastized him for "abandoning all pretense of statesmanship" by waging a highly unpopular war that even our allies said could not be won.
Most people are well aware of these facts by now. But did you know he was also a mystery writer who published crime fiction?
I didn't know George Bush wrote mystery stories, a friend said, when I began to relay the idea for this blog post.
Who said anything about Bush?, I retorted. I was referring to Abe Lincoln.
You heard right. Not only was the Great Emancipator one of our greatest leaders, he published a mystery story while still a lawyer in Illinois. Based on one of his cases, the story was published in 1846, but you can read it here:
The Trailor Murder Mystery
Special Thanks to fellow blogger Janet A. Rudolph and the Smithsonian for their research into this "Stranger Than Fiction" tale.