Abraham Lincoln’s pockets were packed when he was assassinated

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Today marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and while any decent American learned the basics in history class, there are a few details you probably don’t know.

For example, the original Associated Press report describes how some of Lincoln’s “brain was oozing out” immediately after he was shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theater.

But did you know that when Lincoln was shot, his pockets had so many items in them, he could have been a contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal.”

Lincoln didn’t travel light, considering his pockets contained the following:

  • Two pairs of glasses
  • An ivory pocket knife
  • A handkerchief
  • A pocket watch fob
  • A lens polisher
  • Nine newspaper clippings (check out the size of those clippings in the below photo, top right).
  • A leather wallet
  • A Confederate $5 bill
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While Lincoln had no Union money on his possession, Library of Congress officials say the Confederate fiver was likely a souvenir from his trip to Richmond, Virginia just 10 days ealier.

According to the Library of Congress, all of those items were given to Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd, which were kept in the family until 1937. Then, they were donated to the library by Lincoln’s granddaughter, Mary Lincoln Isham.

h/t: Business Insider

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