My personal Abraham Lincoln rocker

A Lincoln rocker

Exploring the "feel."

I was fortunate enought to find and purchase a “Lincoln rocker” last week. It’s modeled, as you can see, after the rocker Lincoln sat in on April 14, 1865- the night of his shooting. Lincoln had used the Ford’s theater rocker previously. It was brought into the theater box that fateful night specifically for the president again. I imagine he was glad it was there for his use. As I sit in my version of the Lincoln rocker, I can see why he liked it-it is comfortable. Besides, who hasn’t been comforted by the rocking motion of a rocker? No, my rocker isn’t exactly like the one Lincoln used-but it’s close enough for me. I do feel a little spooky sitting in it-knowing that the murder of Lincoln took place in a very similar piece. For me, owning the item is one more way of getting in touch with Lincoln. Some won’t understand that desire. If you don’t understand it-don’t worry-you were not meant too.

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10 Responses to “My personal Abraham Lincoln rocker”

  1. Geraldine and jonathan says:

    we have a replica also of abraham’s theatre rocking chair.

  2. B. Nash says:

    Sorry to hear about your mother. I know it makes the chair even more special!

  3. Renee' says:

    Hi Bob,

    Beautiful chair! Nice lumbar curve makes all the difference, along w/ the arms padded all the way back.

    Can I inquire as to where your replica and how much you had to part with for your treasure?

    Thanks so much!

  4. Ed Noce says:

    My mother past this June 6th. In her pocessions was a Lincoln rocker passed to her from my grandmother. It is now mine and will also be passed on. Such a comforable chair and so very special.

  5. B. Nash says:

    Bob: So you still have the Lincoln rocker then? What a great story!

  6. Bob Morgan says:

    I purchased an antique Lincoln Rocker from a home in Bel Air Calif. 48 years ago. After I bought the rocker I was contacted by the L.A. art museum on Wilshire Blvd. They wanted to put it on display in the museum. I gave it to my wife as a wedding gift.

  7. B. Nash says:

    I hoped you would!

  8. Kevin Lindsey says:

    I do understand…very cool!

  9. B. Nash says:

    Chris: I am envious! I know what you mean. There is nothing like being where Lincoln was-touching the very same things he touched. Some people would just not understand! I’m with you all the way.

  10. Chris says:

    I got to sit in a chair that Lincoln sit in once up at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. It was pretty neat to sit in something Lincoln sat in, in a building that he went through. It also brings me closer to Lincoln whenever I walk past or through one of the Lincoln sites like his home.

    I also have a brick from a well that Lincoln drank from in Lincoln, IL also. These things all help me feel closer to Lincoln, as though he is still here, so to speak.

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