Lincoln Bible Unveiled by Descendants of the President’s Friend

ChurchLeaders | 6/24/2019 | Staff
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A “newly discovered” Bible that once belonged to Abraham Lincoln has been put on display in Springfield, Illinois. Descendants of a friend of Lincoln’s have passed the Bible from generation to generation for the past 150 years until recently donating it to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

“We feel that Lincoln’s Bible belongs to the American people as a national treasure. Lincoln is our most revered president and this Bible will be a constant connection to his incredible life,” said Sandra Wolcott Willingham. Willingham is the great-great-granddaughter of Rev. Noyes W. Miner, who received the Bible as a gift from Mary Lincoln in 1872.

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The New York Times reports that President Lincoln first received the Bible in 1864 in Philadelphia while at a charity event for wounded soldiers. Its pages are decorated with the words “Faith,” “Hope,” and “Charity,” a reference to 1 Corinthians 13. When Mary Lincoln gave the Bible to Miner, she put an inscription on the back that said, “Mrs. Abraham Lincoln to N.W. Miner, D.D., Oct. 15, 1872.” According to Mary, Lincoln highly valued Miner’s friendship and would visit him regularly. After Lincoln’s assassination, Miner read at the president’s funeral, was one of those who escorted his body, and kept in touch with Mary after her husband’s death.

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Lincoln once called the Bible, “the best gift God has given to man.” Alan Lowe, the executive director of the library and museum, says that this Bible is “an important artifact to preserve for history’s sake, but also the beginning of a conversation about the relevance of Lincoln and the role...
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