Aside from the Civil War, Lincoln accomplished a number of things in office that had a major impact on the country. Here are some of the least known: 1. His administration established the Land grant educational system, that produced at least one university in each state. Usually this is the best known state university in each state. 2. He established the homestead system that gave free government land to settlers. 3. He established the Department of Agriculture. When I was growing up on a farm, my father received each year a book from the Department of Agriculture called the "Yearbook of Agriculture". This was in the 1950s. Lincoln himself started this tradition of putting together an annual book about Agriculture. It may still be going. 4. He promoted the idea of a transcontinental railroad, although it was not completed during his term of office.