SfC Home > History >

 

Explanation of the similarities between the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln - Succeed by Studying History. Key words: President, Lyndon Johnson, John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, coincidence, circumstances, Congress, Ford, civil rights, Ron Kurtus, School for Champions. Copyright © Restrictions

Similarities Between the Assassinations of Kennedy and Lincoln (1860s and 1960s)

by Ron Kurtus (revised 24 November 2006)

American presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were both tragically assassinated during their terms in office. Both men were admired by many but actually hated by those who opposed their political views. Shortly after Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November 1963, a comparison of the circumstances of his death and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on 14 April 1865 surfaced. That comparison pointed out some amazing coincidences.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.



Comparison of events

The following chart compares the amazing coincidences in the deaths of Lincoln and Kennedy. Some items that are commonly listed in this comparison have been deleted as incorrect, thanks to reader feedback.

Lincoln

Kennedy

Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846

Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946

He was elected President in 1860

He was elected President in 1960

His wife lost a child while living in the White House

His wife lost a child while living in the White House

He was directly concerned with Civil Rights

He was directly concerned with Civil Rights

Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy who told him not to go to the theater *1

Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln who told him not to go to Dallas *2

Lincoln was shot in the back of the head in the presence of his wife

Kennedy was shot in the back of the head in the presence of his wife

Lincoln shot in the Ford Theatre

Kennedy shot in a Lincoln, made by Ford

He was shot on a Friday

He was shot on a Friday

The assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was known by three names, comprised of fifteen letters

The assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was known by three names, comprised of fifteen letters

Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and fled to a warehouse *3

Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and fled to a theater

Booth was killed before being brought to trial

Oswald was killed before being brought to trial

There were theories that Booth was part of a greater conspiracy

There were theories that Oswald was part of a greater conspiracy

Lincoln's successor was Andrew Johnson, born in 1808

Kennedy's successor was Lyndon Johnson, born in 1908

*1 Note: It is an urban myth that Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy. There is no record of that.

*2 Note: There is no record whether or not Kennedy's secretary warned him.

*3 Note: Booth actually fled to a farm and was killed in a tobacco barn. It might be a stretch to call it a warehouse. But two years after his death, Booth's body was temporarily moved to a warehouse. Also, after the assassination, the government closed the Ford Theatre and turned it into a warehouse.

Other interesting facts

Apparently Lincoln had a dream several days before the assassination that he had been killed. He told his wife that he had seen himself in a casket.

Also, Lincoln's son Tad had a pet turkey named Jack. Tad asked his father not to kill the turkey for Thanksgiving. Although Harry S Truman started the official tradition, Lincoln was the first to "pardon" a Thanksgiving turkey.

Now what would be real interesting is if Kennedy had a pet named Abe or had pardoned someone by that name. Thus far, I haven't heard of that.

Skeptics disagree

Some skeptics say that you could take any two famous people and find a number of similar-type coincidences between them. The only problem with that theory is that there really haven't been any listings of such comparisons. And certainly none has been as extensive as the Lincoln-Kennedy similarities.

Summary

Facts concerning the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy are amazingly similar. It is uncertain if such coincidences have any meaning, but they certainly are strange.


Live your life with meaning


Resources and references

The following are resources on this topic.

Websites

Analysis of Comparison - From Snopes site on Urban Legends

Biography of Abraham Lincoln - from the White House site

Chronology of Lincoln's Life

Biography of John F. Kennedy - from the White House site

John F. Kennedy Library site

The Strange Life of Lee Harvey Oswald - Biography

Books

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard; Henry Holt and Co. (2011) - Best seller

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard; Henry Holt and Co. (2012)

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald; Simon & Schuster (1996) - Good biography by Pulitzer prize winning author

American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman; Random House (2004) - Thorough review of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

John F. Kennedy: A Biography by Michael O'Brien; Thomas Dunne Books (2005) - Extensive biography

JFK Myths by Larry M. Sturdivan; Paragon House Publishers (2005) - A scientific investigation of the Kennedy assassination


Questions and comments

Do you have any questions, comments, or opinions on this subject? If so, send an email with your feedback. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.


Share

Click on a button to bookmark or share this page through Twitter, Facebook, email, or other services:

 

Students and researchers

The Web address of this page is:
www.school-for-champions.com/history/lincolnjfk.htm

Please include it as a link on your website or as a reference in your report, document, or thesis.


Where are you now?

School for Champions

History topics

Similarities Between the Assassinations of Kennedy and Lincoln



History topics

1800s

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

Also see



Let's make the world a better place

Be the best that you can be.

Use your knowledge and skills to help others succeed.

Don't be wasteful; protect our environment.

You CAN influence the world.





Live Your Life as a Champion:

Take care of your health

Seek knowledge and gain skills

Do excellent work

Be valuable to others

Have utmost character

Be a Champion!



The School for Champions helps you become the type of person who can be called a Champion.