By the time of his presidency, Abraham Lincoln’s habit of using his hat as a briefcase was well-established. As a lawyer in Illinois, Lincoln was a frightfully messy person. Papers, briefs, letters, and notes scattered to the four corners of his office. The top hat didn’t entirely solve his chaotic problem, but at least it allowed him to separate important documents from the untidy whirlwind of papers on his office desk.
President Lincoln would continue this habit and tradition even after becoming the president speaks to his unassuming personality, but also his powerful purpose. After all, he was the president delivering important messages and ideas from that tall black hat.
A powerful message of Lincoln’s Hat, and Abraham Lincoln’s life, is that ideas are potent and are what stir change. A man who received no more than a year’s worth of formal education helped dismantle legalized slavery in the country.