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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Does the ghost of Abe Lincoln haunt the White House?

This is our second episode/post in our Mysteries series. I know this is a step away from everyone's favorite subject of Bigfoot, but maybe a little break is good for us.

In this post we will be talking about Abe Lincoln or better yet, the ghost of Abe Lincoln and the persistent tales of Lincoln hanging around the White House.

Grace Coolidge
Grace Coolidge, the wife of president Calvin Coolidge, is thought to be the first person to come forward and tell about seeing the ghost of Lincoln during her time at the White House. She reported seeing Lincoln in the Oval Office. She described Lincoln as looking out the window across the Potomac and that there was a sadness in the air.

While Mrs. Coolidge may have been the first to report seeing Lincoln, she sure wasn't the only one to report seeing and hearing him. There are numerous reports of foot steps and knocking that has been reported over the years.

Mary Eben, secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt, claimed to have seen Lincoln sitting on the edge of the bed putting on his boots. She also admitted to running out of the room screaming after seeing the ghost. Even Theodore Roosevelt claimed to have see Lincoln in the White House. Numerous staff members for various Presidents has all reported hearing and seeing Lincoln.

Winston Churchill

There are also reports of Lincoln's ghost being seen outside of the White House, but maybe the most famous and entertaining account of Lincoln's ghost was by Winston Churchill. Churchill was staying in Lincoln's bedroom while a guest at the White House. After taking a bath and drying off, Churchill lit a cigar and walked totally naked into the bedroom. Once in the bedroom Churchill saw the ghost of Lincoln leaning up against the fireplace. The rarely shaken and quick thinking Churchill greeted the ghost with "Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage." Churchill stated Lincoln smiled and faded away.

It seems the ghost of Lincoln is not just confined to the White House grounds. Reports of Lincoln's ghost have also been reported at his grave site in Springfield, IL. Lincoln has also been said to haunt a house of a woman who was at the Ford's Theater when he was shot. 

Willie Lincoln, the son of Abe Lincoln, died in the White House at the age of 11 of Typhoid. His ghost has also been reported several times over the years.  Could this be one of the reasons his father Abe is still seen around the White House?

We know that the White House is full of secrets and at various times little tidbits of these secrets leak out. Just how many more sightings of the ghost of Lincoln have there been? We may never know for sure, but we will be waiting and watching for the next little leaked report to surface.


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

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