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The top hat Abraham Lincoln was wearing in Ford's Theatre, the night he was assassinated on April 14, 1865. The hat has a black silk mourning band which was added in remembrance of Lincoln's son Willie. This hat was transferred from the War Department to the Patent Office, with permission from Mary Lincoln, in 1867. #Lincoln #USA #Hat

Robert Todd Lincoln, c. 1865. Abraham and Mary’s first son, future Secretary of War, present at the assassination of two sitting presidents (though not his father’s.)