Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy

What do Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy have in common?

As it turns out the answer is: a whole heck of a lot.

Though the two presidents were in power a century apart and ruled over two very different Americas, they share more in common than you might think. The following is a partial list of the strange similarities:

Let’s start with an obvious one: both presidents were assassinated. By no means does this make them extraordinarily unique (James Garfield and William McKinley were also assassinated during their terms in office). But there are a few more facts behind the stories of their assassinations that border on eerie:

  • Both presidents were shot on a Friday
  • Both presidents were shot in the head (Garfield and McKinley were not)
  • Both presidents were assassinated by Southerners
  • Lincoln was shot in Ford Theater and Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln: for those of you who, like me, didn’t understand why this was a connection at first, it turns out that Lincolns are the luxury brand of Ford (alas, my lack of car knowledge is revealed)

Now for some similarities that the presidents’ assassins shared:

Freaky dates:

  • Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846; Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946
  • Lincoln was elected president in 1860; Kennedy was elected president in 1960
  • Andrew Johnson, Lincoln’s successor, was born in 1808; Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy’s successor was born in 1908 (also, both successors were Southerners named Johnson – strange)
  • Booth was born in 1839; Oswald was born in 1939


Believe it or not there are even more coincidences and they can be found here (along with a clever joke at the bottom of the page).

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One Response to Reincarnation?

  1. Hello Saregeo – I am also a Tar Heel, though from a bygone era (1971). I have been an admirer of Robert E. Lee all my life, but have only heard this story in recent years. The event does not appear in Freeman’s four volume biography, which was considered the gold standard for years. What is the provenance for this heartwarming anecdote?

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