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1861 Lincoln Treasures on Display

By Edward Epstein

Washington, D.C.

Monday, March 1, 2021

With the 160th anniversary of President Lincoln's momentous 1861 inauguration coming up on March 4, here's a great 2-minute and 17-second video from the Library of Congress showing some of the items from that day in the library's vast collection.

Join Lincoln Group of DC member and Library of Congress historian Michelle Krowl and her library colleague Chris Warren as they show the Bible Lincoln used when taking the oath of office and the pearl necklace and bracelets that Mary Todd Lincoln wore to the event. Her husband had purchased the jewelry for her from Tiffany's in New York City.

The Bible was owned by William Thomas Carroll, a Supreme Court clerk, who lent it for the occasion because Lincoln's personal family Bible, which he had shipped from Springfield, Ill., along with other personal items, had yet to arrive in Washington by March 4.

The Bible was used by President Barack Obama for his 2009 and 2013 inaugurations and by President Donald Trump in 2017.


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