Henry Ford acquired the chair that President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in while seated in Ford’s Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865. It is on display inside the Henry Ford Museum. He also purchased the Logan County Courthouse that Abraham Lincoln the lawyer practiced his profession in during his circuit work. It now stands in Ford’s Greenfield Village. Those are two significant Lincoln items! But there is one more Lincoln item that Ford obtained. It’s a “gem.” What is it? Well. first I’ll tell you where it is-it’s inside the Logan County Courthouse. It’s a cabinet. It sits in a corner in the courtroom.
According to the Henry Ford employee who was stationed inside the courthouse building, the cabinet was built by Abraham Lincoln’s father Thomas Lincoln. Not only that, but he further stated that young Abraham Lincoln, aged 9 or 10, helped his father make it. It is a beautiful piece of furniture. It reminds me again that Thomas Lincoln has taken a “bad rap” over the years. He is often portrayed as a lazy man with no ambition. However, this cabinet tells me that he was quite skilled in his carpentry work-and that he took pride in the finished product. It tells me he was meticulous, purposeful, and creative. The cabinet, he further explained, was a gift by Thomas Lincoln to a Mrs. Crawford. Mrs. Crawford was very helpful in caring for things during the illness of Nancy Hanks Lincoln. This help continued after her death, as well. Out of gratitude, Thomas Lincoln (and young Abraham) made the item and gave it to her. The employee didn’t know how Henry Ford bought it. See the two pictures below of the cabinet: