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Witches and Ghosts Seen by Famous People

Updated on October 5, 2019
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I write on a wide variety of genres about people, places, things, and animals. I also write factual and fictional articles.

Boo: Let's Go Ghost Hunting

With Halloween just around the corner, I feel it's time to "dig up" some ghost stories from the rich and famous. Some of these ghost stories include the rich and famous as the ghosts. Also, to add something special, visit your local cemetery, stand above a grave, and say these exact words, "What are you doing down there?" The person in the grave will say, "nothing," It works every time; I guarantee! Now to our stories.

Poltergeist
Poltergeist | Source

Andrew Jackson and the Bell Witch

Most of us have heard about the Bell Witch of Tennessee, but did you know that the farm she was supposedly haunting had a very famous general investigate the poltergeist? Yes, indeed, and that general would later be our 7th president.

Stories of a witch terrorizing a family, near Adams, Tennessee, were heard all across the state, so General, Andrew Jackson took an entourage of many and traveled to the Bell family farm, with the intention of showing that the Bell Witch was just a ghost story. It turned out to be a true ghost story because one of his men was beaten by an unseen entity during the night. Needless to say, the visitors left at first light.

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson | Source

Theodore Roosevelt Sees the Ghost of Abraham Lincoln

When we think of President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, we mentally see a brave-strong-willed man, who would never believe in ghosts, but evidently, we are wrong. Roosevelt said he was visited by the ghost of Abraham Lincoln several times at the White House. Roosevelt said, "I see him in different rooms and in the halls."

It seems since Mr. Lincoln hadn't lost the presidency by an election, but was assassinated while still in office, so he may have considered himself, still the president, but in ghostly form of course. Let them try an impeach him!

Honest Abe
Honest Abe | Source

The Lincolns' and Poltergeists

Did President Lincoln and his wife believe in ghosts? Evidently so, both of them said they were frequently visited by their dead son, "Willie," who died in the White House from typhoid fever when he was 11. They also claimed they heard, whom they believed was the ghost of Thomas Jefferson, playing his violin. They also stated they heard Andrew Jackson swearing. I wonder if he was swearing at Jefferson because of the noise of his violin.

Could these be ghost dogs from the White House?
Could these be ghost dogs from the White House? | Source

President Harry Truman's Ghostly Encounter

According to President Harry Truman, he went to bed one night while his wife was and daughter was visiting elsewhere. He said he heard knocking outside his bedroom door, and got up, but found no one there.

He later wrote a letter to his wife that stated, "I jumped up and put on my bathrobe, opened the door, and no one there. Went out and looked up and down the hall, looked in your room and Margie’s. Still no one. Went back to bed after locking the doors and there were footsteps in your room whose door I’d left open. Jumped and looked and no one there! The damned place is haunted sure as shootin’. Secret Service said not even a watchman was up here at that hour.”

Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman | Source

President Eisenhower Feels the Presence of Lincoln's Ghost

It seems that Old Abe was as busy after his death as he was prior to it. President Eisenhower claimed he felt Abraham Lincoln’s presence many times while residing at the White House. Eisenhower was noted as being very respective of President Lincoln, so maybe it was just friendly visits.

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower | Source

President Lyndon Johnson Talks to Abraham Lincoln

Well, so far there been numerous sightings of Lincoln in the White House, but now we get to the gravy of this story. According to President Lyndon Johnson, when he was anguished about the Vietnam War, Lincoln's ghost appeared, and he decided to get Old Abe's feelings on how he should handle the conflict, and Lincoln simply said, "don't go to the theater."

President Lyndon Johnson
President Lyndon Johnson | Source

Winston Churchill Sees Lincoln's Ghost

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill says he was visited by Lincoln's ghost at the White House, just after taking a bath. He said Lincoln was standing by the fireplace, and Churchill, who was still naked said "Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage." He said Lincoln just smiled and vanished.


Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill | Source

If You Visit the White House and See a Ghost

What should you do if you visit the White House and see a ghost of one of the presidents; politely say, "Hello," and faint!

One of our past presidents
One of our past presidents | Source

© 2019 Gerry Glenn Jones

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    • Shawindi Silva profile image

      Shawindi Silva 

      7 months ago from Sri lanka

      Soooooooo interesting !!!!!

    • Gerry Glenn Jones profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerry Glenn Jones 

      7 months ago from Somerville, Tennessee

      Thank you, Pamela!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is such an interesting collection of ghost stories. It was really fun to read.

    • Gerry Glenn Jones profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerry Glenn Jones 

      8 months ago from Somerville, Tennessee

      I would like to spend some nights there to see what might happen.

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      Louise Powles 

      8 months ago from Norfolk, England

      It wouldn't surprise me if the White House has ghostly visitors. I'm sure it gets plenty of visitors from Presidents of the past.

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