- Religion and Philosophy
Abraham Lincoln and Paranormal Activity
Abraham Lincoln - 16th President of the United States. He is one of the more popular presidents, maybe best known for his freeing of the slaves. What many people may not know is that his ghost is probably the most popular among paranormal activity sightings concerning any of the United State presidents.
Although assassinated in 1865, Lincoln continues to live on within the walls of the White House. At least this is what witnesses have claimed who have visited or stayed at the White House since his untimely death. People have claimed to have heard him, even seen him, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The most active time for Lincoln's ghost seem to have occurred during Franklin Roosevelt's time in office. This may be because both of these presidents served during a time of great wars that were going on during their time in office. While in office for 13 years, Eleanor Roosevelt used Lincoln's former bedroom as a study. Eleanor never claimed to have seen Lincoln's spirit but she said she felt like someone was watching her as she worked. She believed this was Lincoln in the room with her.
Another claim came from a young clerk who was in the Roosevelt White House. The clerk claims to have actually seen Lincoln's ghost. Lincoln was sitting on the bed removing his boots.
Queen Wilheimina of the Netherlands spent a night at the White House one time during the Roosevelt presidency. She was awakened that night by a knock on her bedroom door. Upon opening the door, Lincoln's ghost was staring at her from the hallway.
Lincoln always seemed to be a gentle man as he knocked often. Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Herbert Hoover all claimed they heard knocking or rapping noises during their presidency. None of them could explain these noises. No one is sure why they felt it was Lincoln who was making all this noise.
While alive, Lincoln was always upset with the horrors of the Civil War. Maybe his spirit is still concerned and worrying long after his death. Coolidge's wife claimed to have seen Lincoln's ghost numerous times. She said Lincoln would be in the Oval Office looking out the window towards the bloody battlefields across the Potomac. His hands were always behind his back every time he was spotted there.
While World War II was going on Winston Churchill visited the United States numerous times. On one of these visits he spent a night at the White House. A normal routine for Churchill was to stay up late, take hot baths - long ones, have a Scotch and a cigar. This is how he liked to relax. On this particular visit, he gets out of the bath, naked except for his cigar, and goes into the adjoining bedroom. There, next to the fireplace, stood Abraham Lincoln leaning against the marble. Always seeming to have a quick response to things, Churchill blinks and says "Good Morning, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage." Lincoln just smiled, then disappeared.
After Truman's presidency, the sightings of Lincoln seemed to have stopped. There are those who believe this is dew to the numerous renovations done to the presidential home. But it has been said that Lincoln's ghost is not only in the White House. People claim to have seen his spirit walking around his grave, which is in Springfield, Illinois. Still others say they have seen his ghostly funeral train that was used to move his body back to Springfield. Witnesses have claimed they see two trains which appear on the anniversary of the journey. The first train is just cars that are draped in black. The second train has just a flatbed car which carried the casket of the president.
Just as an extra notation, Lincoln himself claimed to have had a premonition of his own death. This is well documented. The dream was told by Lincoln to his close friend, Ward Hill Lamon. Here is what Lincoln said of the dream:
About ten days ago, I retired very late. I soon began to dream. There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but mourners were invisible. I went from room to room. No living person was in sight but the same mournful sounds met me as I passed alone. I was puzzled and alarmed. Determined to find the cause of the state of things so mysterious and shocking I kept on until I arrived at the East Room. Before me was a catafalque on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards, and there was a throng of people, gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others wiped pitifully. "Who is dead in the White House?" I demanded of one of the soldiers. "The president." was his answer. "He was killed by an assassin."
Upon further reading and investigating, I discovered Lincoln had a second premonition of his fate. This happened shortly after his election in 1860. After receiving a telegraph informing him of his victory, he celebrated with some friends. Exhausted from the campaigning and celebrating, he fell asleep on the sofa.
In the morning he gets up and glances into the mirror. He stops and takes a closer look only to see a double image of himself, which startles him. He tells the story to Harper's Magazine this way:
Looking into the glass, I saw myself reflected, nearly full length; but my face, I noticed, had two separate and distinct images; the tip of the nose being about three inches from the tip of the other. I was a little bothered, perhaps startled, and got up and looked in the glass, but the illusion had vanished.
On lying down again, I saw it a second time - plainer, if possible, than before, and then I noticed that one of the faces was a little paler, say five shades, than the other. I got up and the thing melted away, and I went off and, in the excitement of the hour, forgot all about it - nearly, but not quite, for the thing would once in a while come up and give me a little pang, as though something uncomfortable had happened.
Lincoln shared the unusual event with his wife Mary. Her response and interpretation of all this was prescient. She told him she felt this was a 'sign'. This meant he was to be elected to a second term in office. The pale face was an omen that he would not see life past the last term.
As an added bonus, I found some really strange information on Lincoln and Kennedy. It's almost like they had a connection even though their lives and time in government positions were 100 years or so apart.
Both Lincoln and Kennedy, like many other presidents and people as well, were loved by some and despised by others. Besides both men being assassinated, their presidency share a number of parallels and coincidences.
Here is a list of some of these similarities:
1. Both men were elected to office on the same day exactly 100 years apart.
Lincoln was elected November 6, 1860
Kennedy was elected November 6, 1960
2. Both were members of Congress exactly 100 years apart.
Lincoln was elected in 1846
Kennedy was elected in 1946
3. After their assassinations, both were succeeded by Southerns named Johnson. Both Johnson's were born exactly 100 years apart - Andrew Johnson in 1806, Lyndon Johnson in 1906.
4. Both men died on a Friday, both died of gun shot wounds to the head, and both of their wives were by their sides when it happened.
5. Lincoln's killer, John Wilkes Booth, shot him in a theater and fled to a barn. Kennedy's killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, shot him from a schoolbook warehouse and fled to a theater.
Both of these assassins were also killed before being brought to trial.
6. Both of these deaths came about because of conspiracies. Some people to this day still dispute the conspiracy claims surrounding Kennedy's death.
7. Lincoln was shot inside Ford's Theater. Kennedy was shot in a limousine, which was a Lincoln, made by the Ford Motor Company.
8. Lincoln foresaw his own death. Kennedy is said to have had a so-called premonition of his own death also. He is said to have made a statement a few hours before he was murdered in Dallas. His statement to Jackie and Ken O'Donnell, who was his personal adviser at the time, is as follows: "If someone wants to shoot me from a window with a rifle, nobody can stop it, so why worry about it?"
9. Other people told Kennedy about psychic warnings about his death. Jeanne Dixon, a famous psychic at the time, told Kennedy she saw him being killed while traveling in the South. His secretary also warned him that his trip to Dallas could have a tragic outcome.
She warned him not to go. The secretary's name: Evelyn Lincoln.
Some very interesting reading I say. Some of this I find quite bizarre. What do you think?