ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL
OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Manuscripts/ Audiovisual Collections
ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL COLLECTION
Ca. 1860- 1970s
OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Collection
ca. 1860- 1970s
Black & White Photographs, Pamphlets, News clippings, Ephemera
0.50 Cubic Feet
Ohio Historical Society
HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE COLLECTION
Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States from 1861 to 1865. On April 14, 1865, after the American Civil War had ended, John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln while he watched a play in Ford’s Theater in Washington D. C.; by the next day the President was dead. Shortly after his death an enormous funeral procession began. Lincoln’s body began the trip from Washington D. C. back to his hometown of Springfield, Illinois on April 21, 1865. The funeral train generally followed the route that Lincoln took when he traveled to Washington as President elect in 1861. On Saturday, April 29, 1865 the train traveled from Cleveland to Columbus arriving at 7: 30 A. M. Lincoln’s coffin was taken to the Ohio Statehouse where he laid in state in the rotunda. The Statehouse was draped in black crepe for the occasion. Thousands of visitors came throughout the day to honor the fallen President. In the evening the train departed for Indianapolis, Indiana, passing through other Ohio towns on its way.
Norton, R. ( 1996) The Route of Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train ( Online),
retrieved September 28, 2004. Abraham Lincoln Research Site.
[ http:// members. aol. com/ RVSNorton1/ Lincoln51. html]
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
This collection depicts the life of Abraham Lincoln. Included in the collection are photographs and postcards of his boyhood home, the log cabin, and his home in Springfield, Illinois. There are several pamphlets and invitations to various events in honor of Lincoln after his death; photographs of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. and photographs, prints and postcards of busts and monuments in Lincoln’s honor.
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