The Lincoln and Kennedy Coincidences
This strange story is about a series of uncanny coincidences which link
two of America's most popular presidents: Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy...
Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846, Kennedy was elected
100 years later, almost to the day in fact. After their deaths from assassination,
both of these presidents were succeeded by Southerners with the surname
Johnson. Lincoln was succeeded by Andrew Johnson, who was born in 1808,
and Kennedy was succeeded by Lyndon Johnson, who was born in 1908.
Both Johnsons have 13 letters in their names and both of them served in
the US Senate.
Mary Lincoln and Jackie Kennedy both had children who died while
their husbands were in the White House.
Both Lincoln and Kennedy studied law.
John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald both had fifteen letters
in their name, and were both Southerners, were both in their 20s, and of
course, both assassins were shot before they could stand trial. Kennedy
had a secretary named Miss Lincoln, and Lincoln had a secretary named John
office but where glorified after they died. On the day of the assassinations
Kennedy and Lincoln made strange prophetic statements. Hours before
Lincoln was shot, he said to his personal guard, "If somebody wants to
take my life, there is nothing I can do prevent it."
John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and ran to a warehouse,
and Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and ran to a theatre. Stranger
still, the car Kennedy was travelling in when he was shot was a Ford Lincoln.
Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theatre.
Both assassinations took place on a Friday, and the two
presidents were shot in the back of the head while their wives were at
their side. Kennedy and Lincoln were both historic civil rights
campaigners who were heavily criticised while in
And hours before Kennedy went to Dallas in 1963, he said to
his wife Jackie, "If somebody wants to shoot me from a window with a rifle,
nobody can stop it, so why worry about it?"
And finally, both presidents were said to have been victims
of a conspiracy. When Lincoln was shot, the telegraph lines out of Washington
D.C. remained silent for three hours on the orders of a high-ranking official
who has never been identified. It is thought this information blackout
was arranged to give John Wilkes Booth - who was fleeing from the scene
of the crime - a head start.
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