Monday, January 11

Famous Coincidences: Abraham Lincoln

There are lots of famous coincidences. Here's some about Abraham Lincoln that are quite well known.

Actually, thinking about it, the first part perhaps isn't quite so well known. When Abraham Lincoln was a young man he knew of someone in financial difficulties who had to sell all of his belongings to survive. Being a compassionate sort of man Lincoln bought a barrel from him for one dollar.

As for the barrel, he had no idea as to what was inside and simply put it into storage.

Years later Lincoln wasn't sure which path to take in life: either journalism or the legal profession. While thinking about his future he came across the barrel again and decided to see what was actually inside.

In the barrel was a set of law books. He took this to be a sign and chose the law profession which, in turn, led to politics and eventual presidency. Sometimes it's as if coincidence and synchronicity are pointing to our destiny.

Coincidences Between Abraham Lincoln and
John F Kennedy

Moving on, there are many coincidences linking Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy. They are fairly well known but make an interesting read for anyone interested in coincidences.

1. Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846 and John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946, one hundred years apart.

2. Still on the hundred years difference theme, Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860 and Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

3. Now their deaths. A month before Lincoln was shot he was in Monroe, Maryland and a month before Kennedy was shot he was with Marilyn Monroe.

4. Both Lincoln and Kennedy were shot on a Friday, behind the head and in the presence of their wives. And so it goes on.

5. They were both assassinated by Southerners and succeeded by Southerners.

6. As for the assassins we go back to the hundred years difference. John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839 and Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

7. If you are into numbers both Booth and Oswald were known by three names and their names are made up of 15 letters.

8. Lincoln's assassin shot the president in a theatre and then hid in a warehouse. Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and hid in a theatre.

9. Both Booth and Oswald were themselves assassinated before their trials.

10. Moving on to their successors, both were called Johnson and were born 100 years apart. Andrew Johnson was born in 1808 and Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

11. There are also other similarities such as Lincoln having a secretary called Kennedy and Kennedy had a secretary named Johnson (though some dispute this fact) and both of the presidents' wives lost a son while living in the White House.

Can this really be all by chance? Or is there something greater behind these coincidences?


  1. Thanks for those interesting tidbits of information that I never knew. And, thank you for visiting & commenting on my blog.

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  3. AVCr8teur: Many thanks for your comment - appreciated.

  4. very freaky, made all the more interesting and scary because I have no intention of making any effort to verify the facts!

    I believe in the mantra "If it's on the Internet, it must be true!"

    true or false it was still an interesting read.

  5. Ed Gebert08:55

    These freaky coincidences is proof of reincarnation. The unfinished business or karma in one life is repeated in the next life.

  6. Ed Gebert: I think you may well be right about reincarnation. I wrote about another such case in my post Reincarnation of James Fletcher.

    Thanks for the comment.

  7. Ed Gebert07:51

    I have another theory. Some people advocate a theory that reality is a computer program. We exist in a computer matrix. Every now and then, there are glitches in the program and the program repeats itself. (Similar to a scratch on a vinyl record where music repeats itself over and over again because of the glitch). As a result, it appears that history repeats itself. This would explain the coincidences.

  8. Anonymous06:27

    Dude you been watchin to much of the matrix... Put it away

  9. Anonymous14:55

    another coincidence is that lincoln's son robert was on a train ride and was pinned when he fell walking between two cars. the man who saved him was Edwin Booth, john wilkes booths brother.