Friday, June 19, 2009
More About Abe Lincoln Sightings
Many of you know I have been an avid fan of Abraham Lincoln since childhood.I have blogged twice here about him.A tweet led to the Wikipedia about sightings.So will share with you.
Thanks to nontrendy at Etsy for the illustration"I Got YouAbe" shirt from the shop
Relevant information on the Lincoln White House
Lincoln actually used the second floor room that is now the Presidential Library as his main office. The Oval Office was his private library and study. His guard, William Cooke, who guarded President Ulysses S. Grant frequently reported the former General sensed Lincoln's presence around the Executive Mansion. Senator Joe McCarthy once reportedly stepped into Lincoln's old office, and a bust of the 16th President flew across the room, and nearly whacked McCarthy in the head. President John F. Kennedy frequently said he believed in life after death, and he also claimed to regularly ask Lincoln's advice on matters of utmost importance.
The ghost has reportedly been seen elsewhere. Witnesses have seen Lincoln on the balcony of Ford's Theatre with the ghost of the man who shot him, John Wilkes Booth. It has been said that they are trying to solve their differences. The ghost has also been seen wandering around his grave site in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln reportedly has also been seen at Fortress Monroe overlooking the Hampton Roads where the Monitor and the Virginia squared off in 1862.
President Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman have all claimed to have heard unexplained knockings on their bedroom doors. What made them think it was Lincoln is unknown.
Calvin Coolidge's wife reported seeing on several occasions the ghost of Lincoln standing with his hands clasped behind his back, at a window in the Oval Office, staring out in deep contemplation toward the bloody battlefields across the Potomac. Carl Sandburg, Lincoln's biographer, said he did not see the ghost but "strongly felt his presence" when he stood at this same window during a tour of the White House.
Lincoln's ghost made many apparitions during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. Roosevelt was (coincidentally like Lincoln) president during war time.
Eleanor Roosevelt never claimed to have seen Lincoln's spirit, but sometimes spoke of the sense of someone watching her as she worked in the former Lincoln bedroom, which she used as a study. One of her maids claimed to have seen the ghost sitting on a bed and pulling off his shoes. While Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands spent a night in the White House she was awakened by a knock on the bedroom door. When she answered it, she saw Lincoln's ghost staring at her from the hallway. The queen recalled that she fainted upon seeing the ghost. When she woke up lying on the floor of her room, the ghost had gone.
Winston Churchill also claimed to have seen the ghost while spending a night in the White House during World War II. After taking a bath he walked naked into the adjoining bedroom. There he saw Lincoln standing by the fireplace in the room. Churchill remarked wittingly: "Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage." Lincoln smiled softly and disappeared...
Lyndon B. Johnson is supposed to have spoken with the ghost of Mr. Lincoln. Johnson, standing in the second floor room that had been Lincoln's office (Lincoln had used the Oval Office as a library), asked "You had a war, you had a Civil Rights movement, you had protesters and critics, what can I do?" And the story goes, the response was "Don't go to the theater." ...