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Lincoln Train Chair

Chair From Abraham Lincoln's
Presidential Rail Car

The rail car was reported to be the most opulent private car of its day. Yet it would only play a tragic role, Lincoln never used the car while alive, but it would carry his body in his funeral train.

The train carrying Lincoln's body traveled through 180 cities and seven states on its way to Lincoln's home state of Illinois. At each scheduled stop, Lincoln's coffin was taken off the train, placed on an elaborately decorated horse-drawn hearse and led by solemn processions to a public building for viewing. In cities as large as Columbus, Ohio, and as small as Herkimer, New York, thousands of mourners flocked to pay tribute to the slain president. In Philadelphia, Lincoln's body lay in state on in the east wing of Independence Hall, the same site where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Approximately 300 people accompanied Lincoln's body on the 1,654-mile journey, including his eldest son Robert. Also on the train was a coffin containing the body of Lincoln's son Willie, who had died in 1862 at the age of 11 of typhoid fever during Lincoln's second year in office. Willie's body had been disinterred from a plot in Washington, D.C. after Lincoln's death so he could be buried alongside his father at the family plot in Springfield.

Lincoln Replica Chair

Ford Theater Replica Chair

Here is a faithful reproduction of the chair Lincoln was sitting in at the time of his assasination. Also on display is a swatch of material from the original chair, which is on permanent display in the Henry Ford Museum.

On April 14, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln relaxed in a upholstered rocking chair, his Washington theatre box seemed like a safe and comfortable place. To his right sat his wife Mary, leaning close and laughing at the actor onstage below. Just beyond her were their guests, Major Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris. At or before 10:30 p.m., the pleasant Good Friday evening turned into a nightmare when an assassin crept into the box and shot Lincoln in the head at close range.

The assassin, John Wilkes Booth, had a thorough knowledge of Ford's Theatre because of his acting career. Even when he wasn't performing he was in and out of the theatre, picking up mail and chatting with the Ford brothers and other actors. It was easy for him to slip into the unguarded presidential box and commit his shocking crime.

Lincoln White House Chair

Abraham Lincoln’s Chair
From The White House

This chair was given to President Abraham Lincoln as a gift in 1862 By Franklin Furniture of Illinois. The chair is from his personal study. Now Known as the Lincoln Bedroom.

The Lincoln Bedroom is a bedroom on the second floor of the White House, part of a suite of rooms that includes the Lincoln Sitting Room and Lincoln Bath. Named for Abraham Lincoln and used by him as an office, this room is known for alleged ghost sightings. The room is best known as a guest room used by presidents to reward friends and political supporters.

The room has been furnished in Victorian style since the Truman renovation. Some of the furniture was used by the Lincoln administration (but pre-date it), including the sofa and three matching chairs, two slipper chairs, and four of Lincoln's Cabinet chairs. The central feature of the room is the Lincoln bed, a nearly 8-foot by 6-foot rosewood bed with an enormous headboard. The bed was probably never used by President Lincoln, although several later presidents have used it.

A holograph copy of the Gettysburg Address is displayed on the desk. This copy is the only one of five that is signed, dated, and titled by Lincoln.

Before the construction of the West Wing in 1902, this room was used as either an office or a meeting room for the president's Cabinet. Anddrew Jackson installed a Russia stove in small sandbox, which he retrofitted to the closed fireplace, but the fireplace was later reopened. When the president's staff was moved to the new West Wing, this room became the "Blue Suite" bedroom where, for example, Margaret Wilson lived. Lou Hoover turned it into a parlor and filled it with Lincoln furnishings. When the White House was gutted and rebuilt during the Truman administration, this room was rebuilt and rededicated to Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Carpet

A Section of the Carpet on Which Abraham Lincoln Stood During His Second Inaugural March 1865

This carpet was obtained by Ben Perley Poore, in Washington, and the remainder was destroyed in the fire in Indian Hill, August 5, 1959

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