Sunday, August 16, 2009

Honest Abe Haunting The Whitehouse

Did you know that the White-house had 134 rooms, a move theater and a bowling alley? Did you also know that it was reported to be haunted?
I'm going to talk about the most frequently mentioned and most famous spirit to haunt the hallowed halls of Pennsylvania Avenue. None other than Honest Abe himself.
When honest Abe himself took office in 1860, his administration was full of strife, namely the civil war which led to his untimely assassination by the well known actor of the day, John Wilkes Booth.

Sometime after Lincoln's death, residents of the White-house began to hear his footsteps pacing around on the second floor where his bedroom suite was. In 1923 First Lady Coolidge stated that she saw Lincoln's ghost standing in the Oval Office looking out the window. Many others reported seeing him there in that same spot with the same pensive look on his face. In fact, President Nixon once said that when he entered the Oval Office and saw the apparition of Mr. Lincoln, he even asked him for advice!

It is noteworthy to mention that during the life of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln that they often held seances to seek the guidance of the spirit world, a practice Mary continued long after Mr. Lincoln's desk.

Interestingly enough, Mr. Lincoln is said to have had premonitions of his own death several times, including one only two days before the event occurred. If he had prepared himself for the heinous event, why then does his spirit remain in the White-house? Does he feel his country still needs his guidance, or could it be the sadness of his life (losing a dear son to death at a young age and having a wife - Mary Todd - deemed mentally ill for the time) that keeps him pacing and not passing on?


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