By Claire Phillips and Mackenzie Glasson, Year 11
Coincidence? The similarities between the assassination of JFK and Lincoln.
A list of carefully selected facts were gathered to demonstrate the eerie similarities between the assassination of the famous President Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. This is not much of a conspiracy theory but an interesting connection between two well-known historical figures of our time. The list of coincidences is described as an urban legend, and has been circulating since the 1960’s. Despite the stories being blown out of proportion, the coincidences still hold some truth to this day.
(If you are a historian we do apologise for any historically incorrect information).
Take a look at some of the coincidences:
- Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846 and John F Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
- The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.
- Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860 and John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
- Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
- Their wives both lost a child while living in the White House.
- Both Presidents were shot on a Friday and the both of them were shot in the head.
- Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy and Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln.
- Both were assassinated by Southerners and were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.
- Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
- Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
- John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
- Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
- Lincoln was shot at the theatre named ‘Ford’ while Kennedy was shot in a car called ‘Lincoln.’
- A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
- A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.
Whilst these coincidences are intriguing, it could be likely that this theory of eerie similarities could just simply be a weird happenstance. It is important to note that there are still notable differences between these two American presidents such as that Kennedy reaped the benefits of success in his political atmosphere and Lincoln had ongoing failures in attempting to hold national political office.
We carefully considered these coincidences intricately and came the conclusion that many of them seem trivial, misleading and sometimes overreaching. For example, we discussed the connection between the two of them having concerns with civil rights and decided it was quite a stretch as it was not a matter of personal interest but rather a current event that was happening in the United States that they were both forced to face.
Macca and Claire’s overall conclusion on the coincidences of JFK and Lincoln:
“The facts are fun and intriguing however the coincidences are a stretch when examined closely. Therefore, this theory is not as strong as others yet still interesting and thought provoking”.
We hope in the future to publish Mr Merchant’s thoughts about conspiracy theories as well.
Rating of conspiracy theory: 6/10