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Lincoln's Top Hat

Photo: Richard Strauss, Smithsonian

Top hat worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was shot. Objects owned by or associated with Abraham Lincoln quickly became relics, reminding Americans of Lincoln's greatness and challenging them to keep his ideals alive. One of the Smithsonian Institution's most treasured icons is this top hat, worn by Lincoln to Ford's Theatre on the night of his assassination.

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