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Photo of the Day – February 22, 2010

The Lincoln Memorial is on the West End of the National Mall in Washington DC.  The Lincoln Monument Associated was created by U.S. Congress in March 1867.  However, the site was not chosen until 1902 in an area that was formally swampland.  John Hay, one of President Lincoln’s secretaries promoted the location stating that the monument should stand alone, distinguished, serene.

Congress set aside 2 million for the project but it took 3 million to complete.  The classic design conveys nobility and solemn dignity that many associate with Abraham Lincoln.

Memorial is constructed primarily of Colorado yule marble and Indiana Limestone. The memorial is 190′ long, 119′ wide and almost 100′ high.  The statue was carved from 28 blocks of Georgia white marble.  The statue stands at 19′ 9″ tall and 19′ feet wide.

Dedicated by Former President and Chief Justice William H. Taft and President Warren G. Harding.  President Lincoln’s only surviving son, Robert Todd Lincoln was also in attendance.  This was the first time in almost 21 years that Robert Lincoln appeared with a president.

There is a coincidence between Robert Todd Lincoln and presidential assassinations.  He was either present or nearby by when three of the four (he had long passed away when Kennedy was assassinated) occured:

  • Robert was invited by his parents to Ford’s Theater the night of his father’s assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth but declined and remained at the White House. He was at his father’s side when he died.
  • At President James Garfield’s request, Robert Lincoln was at the 6th street station when the President Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau in 1881 and was an eyewitness to the event. Robert Lincoln was Secretary of War at the time.
  • And at President William McKinley’s request, he was at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY when President McKinley was shot by Leon Czolgosz in 1901.

Robert Lincoln was aware of these coincidences and he is said to have refused later presidential invitations with the comment “No, I’m not going, and they’d better not ask me, because there is a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present.”

Another odd coincidence Robert Lincoln was once saved  from possible injury or death by Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth’s brother, on a train platform in Jersey City, New Jersey.Months later, while serving as an officer on the staff of General Ulysses S. Grant, Robert Lincoln recalled the incident to his fellow officer, Colonel Adam Badeau, who happened to be a friend of Edwin Booth. Badeau sent a letter to Booth, complimenting the actor for his heroism. Before receiving the letter, Booth had been unaware that the man whose life he had saved on the train platform had been the President’s son. The incident was said to have been of some comfort to Edwin Booth following his brother’s assassination of the President.

The Lincoln Memorial is administered by the National Park Service and is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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1 Comment »

  1. Beautiful shot – great use of contrast

    Comment by yesbuts | February 24, 2010 | Reply

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