Editorial: Several similarities between Lincoln and Kennedy

Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy always have been two of our country’s favorites.

Following Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 a list began circulating around the country of “unusual coincidences” between the two popular leaders. While the list has grown into an urban legend all its own over the years, some of the coincidences were proven to be factual, others not so.

We found it another coincidence this week that both presidents would celebrate, just days apart, historical milestone anniversaries of significant events in their lives. Friday marked the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas, while Tuesday marked the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address.

The other coincidences between the two presidents, as verified through Snopes.com, are:

* Abraham Lincoln was first elected to Congress in 1846, while John F. Kennedy was first elected to Congress in 1946.

* Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860 while John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

* Both Presidents and their wives lost children while in the White House. Lincoln and his wife lost 11-year-old son Willie to typhoid at the end of the first year in the White House.

The Kennedys lost a child born prematurely while living in the White House.

* Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

* Abraham Lincoln was succeeded in office by Andrew Johnson. John F. Kennedy was succeeded in office by Lyndon Johnson.

* Andrew Johnson was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908.

Isn’t it interesting after all these years the public’s fascination with both presidents hasn’t waned.