While living in Illinois in the early 1830's, Abraham Lincoln and his business partner, William Berry, owned a general store. Like any general stores, they sold a variety of items including bacon, guns, and honey.
And booze, of course. And booze.
Any proprietor could sell liquor without being licensed as long as he sold more than a quart and as long as it was not imbibed in the establishment. The serving of libations was reserved for those industrious souls who received a liquor license, so, in order to make the Berry-Lincoln Store more profitable, William Berry applied for and received such a license in 1833 - making our 16th President the only person to hold that office who was also a tavern-keeper.
Cheers, Honest Abe, cheers.
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