Fascinating Lincoln and Kennedy Coincidences

atkins bookshelf triviaThey were born over a century apart in very different times; however, there are many uncanny coincidences between Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) and John F. Kennedy (1917-1963):

The names of the Presidents, Lincoln and Kennedy, each contain seven letters.

Both Lincoln and Kennedy were second children.

Both were in their mid-thirties.

Both were married women who were 24-years-old, from a socially prominent family, and spoke French fluently.

Both had three children; one of which died early in life.

Lincoln was elected to Congress (House of Representatives) in 1846; Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Lincoln was elected President in 1860; Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Before each President was elected, each lost a sister.

Both Lincoln and Kennedy defeated an incumbent vice president: Lincoln defeated John Breckenridge; Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon.

Both Presidents had Vice Presidents named Johnson: Lincoln’s Vice President was Andrew Johnson; Kennedy’s Vice President was Lyndon B. Johnson.

Both Presidents were assassinated.

Both were shot in the back of the head, while seated next to their wives.

Both were assassinated on a Friday, before a major holiday.

Both were in the presence of another couple; in each case, the man was injured by the assassin.

Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and then fled to a warehouse; Oswald, on the other hand, shot Kennedy from a warehouse and fled to a theatre.

Both assassinations have a Ford connection: Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theatre; Kennedy was shot in a Ford Lincoln Continental Convertible.

Both of their assassins were found shortly after the shooting, killed, and never stood trial for their crimes. John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865) was killed by Boston Corbett; Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963) was killed by Jack Ruby. Curiously, both shooters used a Colt revolver, firing a single shot.

Both of their assassins were in their mid-twenties: Booth was 26; Oswald was 24.

The name of the assassins each contain 15 letters.

Both Presidents had successors named Johnson — the aforementioned Vice Presidents.

Read related posts: The Mystery of John F. Kennedy’s Missing Brain
What is the White House Worth?
Thomas Jefferson the Inventor
What are the Perks of Being President of the U.S.?
Random Fascinating Facts About Presidents

The Gettysburg Address
Gettysburg by the Numbers
Mount Rushmore by the Numbers

For further reading: Brewer’s Cabinet of Curiosities by Ian Crofton (2006)



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