Coincidence? You be the judge

The astonishing similarities between Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy...


Lincoln elected in 1860, Kennedy in 1960.

Both were elected president with less than fifty percent of the popular vote, and had their election results contested.

Both married in their thirties's to women age twenty-four.

Both were concerned with civil rights.

Both were the second child of their family.

Both were elected to the House of Representatives, Lincoln in 1846, Kennedy in 1946.

Both failed to win the Vice Presidential bid, Lincoln in 1856, Kennedy in 1956.

Lincoln defeated Stephen Douglas who was born in 1813. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon who was born in 1913.

Lincoln's sons named Robert and Edward; Kennedy's brothers named Robert and Edward.

Both were involved in historical public political debates: the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the Kennedy-Nixon debates.

Both Presidents had four children, and had two of their children die before them.

Both lost a sister prior to becoming President.

Both were boat captains: Lincoln was skipper of the Talisman, a Mississippi river boat; Kennedy was skipper of PT-109.

Both were President during the nation's most controversial wars.


Both the Presidents wives lost children through death while in the White House.

Both wives spoke fluent French.

Both wives had the White House renovated after years of neglect.

Both wives were present when their husbands were shot, and neither were hurt.


Their successors, both named Johnson, were southern Democrats, and both were in the Senate.

Andrew Johnson was born in 1808 and Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908.

Both faced election against men whose names began with 'G' (Grant, Goldwater.)

Both Johnsons were from towns fifteen minutes from Johnson City, Tennessee.

Both Vice Presidents suffered from urethral stones, the only presidents to have them.

Both successors left the presidency in disgrace without running for reelection in '68.

Lincoln died in 1865, Andrew Johnson died in 1875, ten years apart.

Kennedy died in 1963, Lyndon Johnson died in 1973, ten years apart.


Both Presidents talked about being assassinated the day they were killed.

Kennedy's secretary, whose name was Lincoln, advised him not to go to Dallas.

Lincoln was shot in the Ford Theatre, Kennedy was shot in a Ford car (car model was a Lincoln).

Both were shot from behind in the head.

Both died at a place with the initials P and H: Lincoln in the Peterson House, and Kennedy in Parkland Hospital.

Both were shot on Friday while seated next to their wives, and another couple.

The concessions operator at Ford's Theatre was Joseph Burroughs. The concessions operator at Texas Theatre (where Oswald was caught) was Butch Burroughs.

In each case, the accompanying man was injured: Booth slashed Major Rathbone; Oswald shot Governor Connolly.

Lincoln sat in box 7 at the theatre, Kennedy was riding in car 7 in the motorcade.

A 1950 movie called 'The Tall Target' is about a detective foiling a plot to assassinate President-elect Lincoln. The detective's name is John Kennedy.

Lincoln's coffin was exhumed in 1900. Twenty three people viewed his remains. They have all since passed away. The last one was Fleetwood Lindley who died in 1963, the year Kennedy was killed.

Three days prior to his assassination, Lincoln related a dream he had to his wife and a few friends. He said, "...around the body were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. 'Who is dead in the White House?' I demanded of one of the soldiers, 'The President,' was his answer; 'he was killed by an assassin.'"


John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839 and Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939.

Booth and Oswald were southerners favoring unpopular ideas.

Both assassins were detained by an officer named Baker. Lt. Luther Baker was the leader of the cavalry patrol which trapped Booth at Garrett's barn. Officer Marion Baker, a Dallas motorcade patrolman, briefly detained Oswald on the second floor of the Schoolbook Depository until he learned that Oswald was employed there.

John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and ran to a warehouse. Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and ran to a theatre.
Booth was aided in his escape from Washington by Oswald Swan and Lewis Paine. Oswald got his job at the Schoolbook Depository with the help of Ruth Paine, his landlady.

Both assassins initials add up to a total of thirty-five:

(L + H + O = 12 + 8 + 15 = 35)
(J + W + B = 10 + 23 + 2 = 35)

Both were known by three names, John Wilkes-Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald.

Both died before being brought to trial, killed by a single shot from a Colt revolver.


Lincoln and Kennedy have seven letters.

The fathers of the Presidents, Thomas and Joseph, have six letters.

The Presidents political opponents, Stephen and Richard, have seven letters.

The assassins, John Wilkes-Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, have fifteen letters.

The Vice-Presidents, Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson, have thirteen letters.

The Vice-Presidents wives, Eliza McCardle and Claudia Taylor, have thirteen letters.