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Lincoln/Kennedy coincidences reiterated

November 22, 2013
Shepherdstown Chronicle

As the 50th anniversary of the death of President John Kennedy is commemorated, the similarities between the 16th and 35th Presidents once again comes to the forefront. Below are some of the interesting comparisons between the two.

Both presidents were elected to the House of Representatives in '46.

Both presidents were elected to the presidency in '60.

Lincoln defeated incumbent Vice President John C. Breckenridge for the presidency in 1860; Kennedy defeated incumbent Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency in 1960.

Both their predecessors left office in their seventies and retired to Pennsylvania. James Buchanan, whom Lincoln succeeded, retired to Lancaster Township; Dwight D. Eisenhower, whom Kennedy succeeded, retired to Gettysburg.

Both their Vice Presidents and successors were Southern Democrats named Johnson (Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson) who were born in '08.

Both presidents were concerned with the problems of black Americans and made their views strongly known in '63. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, which became law in 1863. In 1963, Kennedy presented his reports to Congress on Civil Rights, and the same year was the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Both presidents were shot in the head.

Both presidents were shot on a Friday in the presence of their wives.

Both presidents were accompanied by another couple.

The male companion of the other couple was wounded by the assassin.

Both presidents had a son die during their presidency.

Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre; Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in a Lincoln automobile, made by Ford.

Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy who told him not to go to the theatre; Kennedy had a secretary named Evelyn Lincoln who warned him not to go to Dallas.

Both presidents' last names have 7 letters.

Both presidents have five syllables in their full name (which counts Kennedy's middle initial).

There are 6 letters in each Johnson's first name.

Booth ran from a theatre to a warehouse; Oswald ran from a warehouse to a theatre.

Both Johnsons were succeeded as President in '69 by Republicans whose mothers were named Hannah.

 
 

 

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