Camden, NJ, Abraham Lincoln Lore

  • Honest Abe almost lost Camden City in 1864: 3332 to 2758 votes for McClellan.
  • Abraham Lincoln in Camden on successive nights in June, 1862: — “President Lincoln passed through this city (Camden) on Tuesday night last on his way to West Point. It is believed he has gone to consult with Gen. Scott on the progress of the war. He returned on Wednesday evening, passing through this city in a carriage and stopping at Philadelphia.” — The Camden Democrat, Sat., June 28, 1862
  • Lincoln’s appointees from Camden county: — Camden City Solicitor Thomas H. Dudley as consul to Liverpool, England, 1862; Gilbert Hannah as consul to British Guiana, 1863; Sylvester Birdsell, surveyor of Port of Camden, 1861; Rev. James G. Shinn, Presbyterian pastor until 1880 at Waterford, as chaplain to 2860-bed Satterlee U. S. General Hospital, West Philadelphia.
  • The Steamer John S. Ide, running between Bridgeton and Philadelphia in 1882, was, the Courier said, “the identical boat which transported the body of Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, from the place where he was kill to Washington.”
  • Seth Thomas, a tailor who made President Lincoln’s burial suit, died at Camden, Feb. 17, 1901
  • George Porter, the telegraph operator who received the news in Philadelphia of Lincoln’s assassination, and carried the information to General Grant, died at Woodbury, N.J., July 21, 1885.
  • Lincoln’s N.J. Ancestry: Early in the 1700’s Mordecai Lincoln moved to the Freehold area from New England, married Hannah Salter, and their son John was Lincoln’s great-grandfather.
  • “Injustice! Miserable!” was the Camden editor’s opinion of the Lincoln portrait authorized by the N.J. Legislature for the Assembly Chamber: “We do not know what others think of the picture but we think it is a miserable affair. We have seen a better painting on the signboard of a tavern and it does great injustice to the person whom it pretends to represent.” —The Camden Democrat, Feb. 16, 1867.

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