Lincoln and Kennedy

Hey, Readers. Those of you who have read my blog for a while likely know of my fascination (that’s probably the wrong word to use) with JFK’s assassination. I still maintain that America lost some of its innocence that day, but that is another matter.

Of the forty-five men who have served in the role of president, four died of natural causes while in office – William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Warren G. Harding, and Franklin Roosevelt. Four others were assassinated – Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy. Today’s post deals with an urban legend about two of those men, Lincoln and Kennedy.

Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy (Public domain)

I first heard of the “strange coincidences” between the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy way before the internet was around. A newspaper article listed all the similarities between the two events. Recently, I remembered the article, so I decided to check its validity. Turns out some of the things are true.

  • Both men were elected to congress in ’46. Lincoln in 1846, Kennedy in 1946.
  • Both were elected to the office of president in ’60. Lincoln in 1860, Kennedy in 1960.
  • Each man had seven letters in their last name.
  • Both were concerned with civil rights. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Kennedy was the first to propose what would be the Civil Rights act of 1964.
  • Both men married when they were in their thirties and their wives were in their twenties.
  • Both were shot on a Friday. Lincoln on April 14, 1865, and Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
  • Both men were succeeded in office by Southern democrats named Johnson.
  • Their successors were both born in ’08. Andrew Johnson in 1808, and Lyndon Johnson in 1908.
  • Both assassins are known by their full names, John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald. (This is not uncommon as the press often uses a full name to distinguish assassins from innocent people with the same name. Another example is John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman.)
  • Speaking of the assassins, the total number of letters in each name is fifteen.
  • Neither Booth nor Oswald lived long enough to go to trial. After refusing to surrender, John Wilkes Booth was killed by Sergent Boston Corbett. (There is a conspiracy theory regarding Booth, and I’ll write about that in a future post.) While being transferred to the county jail, nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald in the basement of the Dallas City Jail.

(Both photos are my own.)

There are some false assumptions/rumors involving the assassinations. While Ford shot Lincoln in a theater and Oswald ran to a theater after shooting Kennedy from a warehouse, the opposite didn’t hold true. Booth didn’t run to a warehouse as it has often been said but was found in a barn. Also, Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy, but Kennedy’s secretaries were not named Lincoln.

Nonetheless, there are some interesting comparisons between these two dark times in American history.

38 thoughts on “Lincoln and Kennedy

  1. Sorry I’m late to this one, Joan, but glad I finally made it. I had never read of these coincidences, and find them creepily fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing! 😊

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  2. These similarities have been around for a long time and I remember hearing most of them. Thought there are many similarities, there are distinct differences as well. Not sure why they want to tie these together, or if it matters. Neither deserved what happened and their murders changed the outcome of history.

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  3. Absolutely fascinating, Joan. I remember the time/day Kennedy was shot. Absolutely horrifying. The coincidences are amazing and thought-provoking. Thank you for sharing – I wasn’t aware of these findings until your post. 😊

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    1. I was five years old but remember it like yesterday. My Dad had gone into our local bank. I sat in the car (we could do that safely in those days). He came out and told me. It was a sad day in history.


  4. That’s an awful lot of coincidences, Joan. Another one is that they are generally considered two of our better Presidents.

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  5. All of these similarities can’t just be pure coincidence. Somehow the two men were joined together, although a hundred years apart. Just fascinating! Thanks for sharing, Joan.

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  6. I remember hearing about these similarities many years ago, though I didn’t know all of them. The coincidences are definitely eerie and both times are such dark moments in American history. Thanks for the post, Joan, and I look forward to the one on Booth.

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  7. I’ve seen thee comparisons before. There are so many. I wonder what the probability is for so many similarities. In the end, unless you’re talking prophecy (which we aren’t), I guess the statistics don’t matter. It’s kind of chilling, though.

    Looking forward to the post on Booth. Thanks, Joan.

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    1. While these points are true, there are a lot of comparisons that aren’t. These are intriguing, however. Of course, anyone can take anything and make something out of it. Case in point, search for photos of the Supertramp album, Breakfast in America and 9/11 conspiracy. The album was released years before the attack on the World Trade Center, but someone naturally had to come up with something. 🙂

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  8. Yes, they are interesting coincidences. I don’t know how statistically significant they are. I was a newborn baby in Sweden at the time, so I never knew much about it until I moved to Dallas. However, I believe you are right. The US lost a lot of innocence when this happened. It was a huge tragedy. They have a museum at the old book depository here in Dallas, the sixth-floor museum. I’ve been there a few times.

    I have a friend who arrived at the scene right after the assassination, he knew Jack Ruby, he was part of a band performing at his club, he also knew Mariana Oswald, and his girlfriend was the daughter of the police chief of Dallas, who kept (improperly) files on Lee Harvey Oswald at his home, and he and his girlfriend went through them. So, he has a lot of firsthand knowledge. I asked him what he thought about the various conspiracy theories. He told me he didn’t think there is anything to them and he said that Jack Ruby was a vain and impulsive attention seeker who very likely could have assassinated Oswald on his own.

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