Abraham Lincoln had a $20,000 liquor bill - KMOV.com

Abraham Lincoln had a $20,000 liquor bill

(KMOV) -- In 1860, a relatively unknown politician named Abraham Lincoln was making his case to become the Republican nominee for president, and he spared no expense.

Lincoln ran up a $200 booze bill at the Tremont Hotel in Chicago. Lincoln bought about 5,000 shots at about $0.04 per shot and $3.50 per gallon.

Those same 5,000 shots would cost a modern day candidate roughly $350 a barrel and about $4 a shot, all totalling $20,000, assuming they didn't go for the higher end stuff.

Lincoln didn't drink. The shots were for his "campaign operatives." Lincoln, of course, won the election, so it was money well spent.

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