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Rocking Chair Used by Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre the Night of His Assassination, April 14, 1865

1855/1865

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

President Abraham Lincoln was sitting in this rocking chair during a production of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, when he was assassinated on April 14, 1865. Henry Ford purchased the chair in 1929 for the Museum, where it remains one of the most revered objects associated with the "man who saved the Union."

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  • Title: Rocking Chair Used by Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre the Night of His Assassination, April 14, 1865
  • Date: 1865-04-14
  • Date Created: 1855/1865
  • Location: United States, District of Columbia, Washington
  • Subject Keywords: Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865, Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, Rathbone, Henry Reed, 1837-1911, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site (Washington, D.C.), Assassinations, Theaters, United States presidents, Civil wars, Chairs, Furniture, Rocking chairs
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Rocking chair
  • Object ID: 29.1451.1
  • Image ID: THF13467
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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