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This photograph was made during President-elect Abraham Lincoln's first sitting in Washington, D.C., just a day after he arrived by train. (Photo by Alexander Gardner/Getty)

Remembering Honest Abe, 150 years later

On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln sat alongside his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, in his state box at Ford’s Theater for an evening performance of Our American Cousin. His bodyguard, John Parker, left the theater during the intermission to drink at a saloon next door. On that night, John Wilkes Booth’s bullet met its target—the 16th President of the...

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