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Leather Gloves Leather Gloves On the evening of April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and their guests Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée Clara Harris attended the production of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre. That evening, Lincoln was shot by the assassin John Wilkes Booth and would die the following morning. Among the personal items that Lincoln was carrying with him that evening was this pair of white kid-leather gloves that he kept in his front left coat pocket. After Mr. Lincoln was shot in the back of the head, some of the blood ran down his sleeve and pooled in the pocket where the gloves sat. The gloves are permanently stained with President Lincoln's blood.



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Did You Know? Abraham Lincoln did not like to wear gloves, but hygiene and politeness dictated that he always carry a pair or two when he went outside. Mary Lincoln had a reputation for buying too many gloves, but President Lincoln went through many, many pairs because he shook hands with thousands of strangers each year.

Watch Video about Leather GlovesWatch video: Dr. James Cornelius talks about the gloves that were in Lincoln's coat pocket the night of his assassination and how they became blood-soaked.
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Episode 2, Mr. Lincoln's Bloody Gloves
We talk with Dr. James Cornelius about Mr. Lincoln's Bloody Gloves and about events surrounding Mr. Lincoln's assassination, the conspiracy surrounding the death of John Wilkes Booth, and historian Thomas Lowry.