Abraham Lincoln’s White House

George S. Boutwell (1818-1905)

George S. Boutwell (1818-1905) Massachusetts politician who was a Free-Soil Democrat before becoming a Republican. He was an emancipation-supporting lawyer who was named as Governor John Andrew’s military representative to the federal government at the outset of… Abraham Lincoln’s White House >

Stuntz Toy Shop

Stuntz Toy Shop President Lincoln liked to take walks with his young son Tad. Among their destinations was the toy shop owned by Joseph Stuntz and later his widow Apolonia in a small two-story brick row house at… Abraham Lincoln’s White House >

Thomas A. Scott (1823 – 1881)

Thomas A. Scott (1823 – 1881) Appointed Assistant Secretary of War in August 1861 by President Lincoln. As vice president of the Pennsylvania Railroad in February 1861, Scott was called upon to take part of the deception that allowed President-elect Lincoln to disappear from… Abraham Lincoln’s White House >

Joseph Henry (1797–1878)

Joseph Henry (1797–1878) Physicist who was an early investigator of electromagnetism, he became secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1846. In that role, although opposing the Civil War privately, he became a reluctant adviser to President Abraham Lincoln on… Abraham Lincoln’s White House >

Joseph Henry (1797–1878)

Joseph Henry (1797–1878) Physicist who was an early investigator of electromagnetism, he became secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1846. In that role, although opposing the Civil War privately, he became a reluctant adviser to President Abraham Lincoln on… Abraham Lincoln’s White House >

Lawrence A. Gobright (1816-1881)

Lawrence A. Gobright (1816-1881) Washington correspondent for the Associated Press for 30 years who covered President Lincoln during the Civil War and reported Lincoln’s assassination. By the Civil War, Gobright was a newspaper veteran and the most experienced journalist in… Abraham Lincoln’s White House >

Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886)

Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886) Congressman Adams was critical of Lincoln’s unwillingness to assist his compromise efforts and was doubtful of his capacity to handle the presidency: “It was clear, at least to me, that our chances of safety would rest upon an executive council composed of…” Abraham Lincoln’s White House >

Eliza Paul Kirkbride Gurney (1801-1881)

Eliza Paul Kirkbride Gurney (1801-1881) Eliza P. Gurney visited the White House on October 26 1862 – in the company of three other Quakers – John M. Whithall, Hannah B. Mott, and James Carey. There was a driving rain outside the Executive Mansion, but the reception in the White House was… Abraham Lincoln’s White House […]

Jessie Benton Frémont (1824-1902)

Jessie Benton Frémont (1824-1902) Jessie Benton Frémont was the wife of Major General John C. Frémont and the daughter of former Senator Thomas Hart Benton. She received a practical education in politics as well as a first-rate schooling for a young woman of her… Abraham Lincoln’s White House >

Robert A. Schenck (1809-1890)

Robert A. Schenck (1809-1890) Robert A. Schenck, who had served in Congress with Mr. Lincoln in the 1840s and as a diplomat prior to the Civil War, was advanced in the pre-inauguration period as a possible representative of… Abraham Lincoln’s White House >