Anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

“Crook, do you know I believe there are men who want to take my life? And I have no doubt they will do it…..I know no one could do it and escape alive. But if it is to be done, it is impossible to prevent it.”

    – Abraham Lincoln to bodyguard, William H. Crook, on April 14, 1865


Today marks the 144th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln. Taking place on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, when President Lincoln was shot while attending a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre with his wife and two guests.

Abraham Lincoln was the first American President to be assassinated. His assassination had a long-lasting impact upon the United States, and he was mourned around the country. On the Easter Sunday after Lincoln’s death, clergymen around the country praised Lincoln in their sermons. Millions of people came to Lincoln’s funeral procession in Washington, D.C. on April 19, 1865, and as his body was transported 1,700 miles through New York to Springfield, Illinois. His body and funeral train were viewed by millions along the route.

After Lincoln’s death, Ulysses S. Grant called him, “Incontestably the greatest man I ever knew.” Southern-born Elizabeth Blair said that, “Those of southern born sympathies know now they have lost a friend willing and more powerful to protect and serve them than they can now ever hope to find again.”

Lincoln is now immortalized with the Lincoln Memorial, which opened in 1922.

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