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Abraham Lincoln: The Albany Connections

Starting: June 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Abraham Lincoln visited Albany twice, the first time in 1861 while on his way from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington for his March 4 inauguration as the country's sixteenth president. When Mayor George H. Thacher greeted the president-elect as he stepped down from the train on February 18, 1861, he said, "Mr. Lincoln, on behalf of the Common Council and the citizens of Albany, I have the honor to tender you the cordial welcome of the city," Lincoln's reply could barely be heard over the deafening roar of the crowd. During his brief time in the city, he addressed the New York State Legislature, dined with Governor Edwin D. Morgan, and met with citizens of Albany at the Delavan House, where he stayed overnight. The next morning, Lincoln and his entourage boarded a special train and continued their journey to Washington.

 

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