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[Ticket] [1865 April 19] Admit the bearer to the Executive Mansion [for funeral ceremonies for Abraham Lincoln].

Title: [Ticket] [1865 April 19] Admit the bearer to the Executive Mansion [for funeral ceremonies for Abraham Lincoln].
Corporate Author: United States. Executive Office of the President.
Date: [1865 April 19].
Extent: [1] leaf.
General Note: The ticket is ringed by a mourning border; see other examples of this device in the collection as well as other material associated with Lincoln's funeral, and letters from Lincoln. See also Lincoln's official White House biography (http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/al16.html), and a guide to research collections of his papers (http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=L000313).
Abstract: The ticket entitles the bearer to admittance to the Executive Mansion on the day of Lincoln's funeral. The word "EAST" appears at the top of the recto, perhaps indicating the designated entrance for mourners. The self-educated son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln served as a Captain in the Black Hawk War, worked as a lawyer, and served as a Representative from Illinois (1847-1849); the national reputation he won in debates with Stephen Douglas for the Senate seat in 1858 (which Douglas won) led to his election as the 16th President of the United States in 1860. He led the Union through the Civil War, giving the Gettysburg Address and signing the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) freeing the slaves; he was reelected in 1864 and assassinated in 1865 at Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth.
Personal Subject: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Corporate Subject: United States. Executive Office of the President.
Subject: Presidents--United States
Funeral rites and ceremonies--United States
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
 

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