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By Clayton, Deb, & Holice

President Lincoln's Cane


Extra special thanks to Holice B. Young for being such a trooper and typing a ton of old news articles! Without her this project wouldn't be here!


Detroit Daily Post, 1871


The Dundee Advertiser reports that the valuable gold-headed staff, used constantly by the late president Lincoln at the White House, has been bequeathed to the Right Honorable John Bright, M. P., by the late Dr. Smith, the United States Consul for Dundee. The staff bears the inscription: "J. A. McClernand to the Hon. A. Lincoln, June, 1857;" and on a gold ferule, "Presented to the Rev. Jas. Smith, D. D., late pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Springfield, Illinois, in memory of the high esteem in which he as held by him and them as their pastor and dear friend--27th of April, 1869." It was the will of President Lincoln that on the death of Dr. Smith the staff should go to John Bright, Esq., member of the British House of commons, and to his heirs, the gold-mounted staff or cane, which belonged to the deceased President Lincoln of the United States, and presented to me by the deceased's widow and family as a mark of the President's respect, which staff is to be kept and used as an heirloom, in the family of the said John Bright, as a token of the esteem which the late President felt for him because of his unwearied zeal and defense of the United States in suppressing the evil rebellion of the Southern States."

Copyright Clayton Betzing, 2001

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