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Lincoln Originals at Cincinnati Museum Center


John Brown
John Brown

Highlights from 1859:

August 27 - The first oil well in the U.S. was drilled in Pennsylvania.

September 17 - Lincoln delivered speech in Cincinnati as part of speaking tour in Ohio. This was Lincoln's second visit to the city, having come on legal business in 1855.

October 16 - Abolitionist John Brown led an unsuccessful raid on Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

November 24 - Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species.

Lincoln Originals:

Letter to Dungy Letter from Abraham Lincoln to
William Dungy, Nov. 2, 1859
1859 Lithograph Lithograph of Abraham Lincoln's Speech
in Cincinnati, Sept. 17, 1859