Abraham Lincoln was the tallest U.S. President so he probably would have stood out in a crowd no matter what. However, with his faithful companion, his stovepipe hat, on his head, Lincoln definitely could not be missed. Fortunately, someone did miss him, at least the first time a bullet was aimed at him. On that occasion, President Lincoln was on horseback on his way to the Soldiers' Home not far from the White House when someone shot the stovepipe hat off his head. The bullet went right through the crown of the hat. On that fateful night at Ford's Theatre when John Wilkes Booth took aim, Lincoln's hat sat beside him on the floor. Who knows, if Lincoln's hat had been on his head, history might have turned out differently.