Abraham Lincoln

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GOP Governor Nixes 'Relic of the Confederacy'

Larry Hogan approves repeal of Maryland's Civil War-era state song, which refers to 'Northern scum'

(Newser) - Since 1939, "Maryland, My Maryland" has served as Maryland's state song, but its 82-year-old reign has just come to an end. On Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan OKed a repeal of the Civil War-era tune after a longtime bipartisan effort to nix it over its controversial lyrics—including referring...

Exhibit: Mrs. Lincoln's 'Erratic' Behavior Was Due to Grief

She wasn't insane, just feeling deep loss of her husband, 3 children, per exhibit at Lincoln museum

(Newser) - After Abraham Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, descended into a cycle of what History.com calls "erratic" behavior, complete with "unearthly shrieks" and "terrible convulsions." This behavior, considered an improper attention-grab at the time for women of her stature, led...

Lawmakers Vote to Drop State Song Urging Secession

Written in 1861, the lyrics praise Confederacy and rip Lincoln

(Newser) - There's no law against singing about "Northern scum," but Maryland legislators have decided they don't want the lyrics in their state song anymore. A measure to remove the official designation from "Maryland, My Maryland" passed Monday. It's been the state song since 1939, though...

No Marker Honors First Black Person Lincoln Helped to Free

Nance Legins-Costley's case influenced future president's views on slavery, historians say

(Newser) - It's not easy to trace the amazing story of Nance Legins-Costley. It doesn't fill history books, and even her gravesite is unmarked. But her role in history is significant, USA Today reports. In 1841, she won her freedom in a case before the Illinois Supreme Court. Her attorney...

No Washington, Lincoln, or Feinstein on City's Schools

Mayor would prefer the board work on a reopening plan

(Newser) - Gone are a slew of historical figures, including Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln—as well as the much more recent Dianne Feinstein. The San Francisco Board of Education has voted to take those names and others off 44 of its schools. The board has for years debated whether to rename buildings...

Boston Takes Down a Lincoln Statue

Also features a kneeling slave, and critics called it demeaning

(Newser) - A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a freed slave appearing to kneel at his feet has been removed from its perch in downtown Boston. Workers removed the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman's Memorial, early Tuesday from a park where it had stood since...

It's a Photo of a Bearded Dead Man. Could It Be Priceless?
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It's a Photo of a Bearded Dead Man. Could It Be Priceless?

Some experts believe the dead man is Abraham Lincoln

(Newser) - The image is haunting, depicting a gaunt-faced man with a familiar beard, staring ahead lifelessly. The right eye is bulging and appears disfigured from an unseen wound. Some experts believe the man is Abraham Lincoln, captured hours after the nation's 16th president succumbed to an assassin's bullet on...

A Lock of Famous Hair Sells for $81K

It was taken from Abraham Lincoln in postmortem exam

(Newser) - A lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair along with a blood-stained telegram about his 1865 assassination have been sold at auction for more than $81,000, reports the AP . No information about the buyer was disclosed. The roughly 2-inch long lock of hair was removed during Lincoln’s postmortem examination...

President's Hair, Bloody Telegram Up for Auction

Abraham Lincoln's hair is expected to fetch at least $75K

(Newser) - This is one macabre auction: A lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair, wrapped in a bloodstained telegram about his 1865 assassination, is up for sale, the AP reports. Boston-based RR Auction said bidding has opened online for the items ahead of a live auction scheduled for Sept. 12 in New...

Study Has Bad News About Lincoln Museum's Famous Hat

Finds no evidence that it actually belonged to Abe

(Newser) - A new study has found no evidence to corroborate that a beaver-skin stovepipe hat—for years a centerpiece of Illinois' Abraham Lincoln museum—ever actually belonged to the 16th president, per the AP . Among the findings spelled out in a 54-page report was that the hat, once appraised at $6....

GOP Prefers Trump to Lincoln
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Trump's Wild Polling Boast Just Came True

The GOP likes him better than Abe Lincoln

(Newser) - President Trump's polling dream has become a reality. A new Economist/YouGov weekly survey says 53% of Republicans consider Trump a better president than Abraham Lincoln, compared to 47% for Honest Abe, the Hill reports. But across parties and independents, Lincoln still wins by a firm 75% to 25%. Maybe...

Jon Voight: Trump's the Greatest Since Lincoln

Alyssa Milano dismisses him as an 'F-lister trying to stay relevant'

(Newser) - Eighty-year-old actor Jon Voight took to Twitter on Friday night to proclaim his love of President Trump in a pair of videos that said the president's job "is not easy" as he has to fight "the left and their absurd words of destruction," though he has...

Land Lincoln Bought From Cash-Strapped Dad Is Sold

The 30 acres go for $300K

(Newser) - A plot of Illinois farmland that President Abraham Lincoln once owned has sold at auction for $300,000. A retired farmer in the central Illinois city of Charleston sold his family's 590-acre farm, which includes the 30-acre plot once owned by the nation's 16th president. The Times-Courier and...

They Spent Millions on a Hat That Could Be Worth Nothing

FBI, Smithsonian reports find no conclusive evidence hat was ever Abraham Lincoln's

(Newser) - It could be a $6.5 million hat—but it might also not be. WBEZ reports that the crown jewel of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's collection, Lincoln's stovepipe hat, one of just three thought to still exist, may not have belonged to the 16th president...

GOP Congressman Makes 'Inappropriate' Joke About RBG, Lincoln

SC rep Ralph Norman's 'groping' humor isn't going over well

(Newser) - "Scattered nervous laughter" was the first response to a joke a GOP congressman made during an election debate in South Carolina on Thursday, notes Roll Call . But disgust and "condemnation" took over afterward toward what some called an "inappropriate" reference to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court...

Abe's Iconic Hat May Disappear 'Forever'

The Illinois museum might sell precious artifacts to pay off debt

(Newser) - Abraham Lincoln's iconic stovepipe hat is among items that may be auctioned off to meet a dire debt payment deadline, the Washington Post reports. Short a $9.7 million infusion, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation has approved the search for an auctioneer to sell the hat...

We Masked Death's Smell With Candles. Then Lincoln Died

Brian Walsh argues we switched to embalming because of the late president

(Newser) - Abraham Lincoln is famous for many things, and in a piece for the Conversation , Elon University assistant professor Brian Walsh argues the 16th president's list of accomplishments should be longer by one. He writes that America's embrace of embalming our dead should be credited in part to Lincoln....

Trump at Ohio Rally: 'Don't Sell Your House'

Because jobs are coming; says he's also more 'presidential' than most past presidents

(Newser) - Almost nobody is more capable of acting presidential than President Trump, but "we need to move faster than that," Trump said at an exuberant campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Tuesday night. "With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any...

Study: One of 'Best Letters in History' Likely Not Written by Lincoln

Linguistic experts say letter 'almost certainly' written by Lincoln's secretary

(Newser) - Abraham Lincoln may have been a world-class orator, but one of his famous letters—known as one of the best English-language letters ever written—was "almost certainly" not authored by the former president. According to a press release , Lincoln sent a letter to a woman named Lydia Bixby in...

NC Lawmaker: Lincoln Was 'Same Sort of Tyrant' as Hitler

Rep. Larry Pittman lashed out after failure to restore gay marriage ban

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker in North Carolina is taking a lot of flak for comparing the first Republican president to Adolf Hitler. State Rep. Larry Pittman of Cabarrus likened Abraham Lincoln to Hitler on Wednesday after a commenter on Facebook criticized a bill he'd introduced to ignore federal rulings and...

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