Inkwell given to John Hay

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Crystal and silver inkwell inscribed: “This inkstand was used by Abraham Lincoln during his presidency. John Hay.”
The president’s private secretaries, John Hay and John George Nicolay, began to work for Lincoln in Springfield during the presidential campaign. They remained trusted aides and confidants throughout his presidency. Nicolay and Hay moved into the White House with the Lincoln family. Both men became devoted admirers and fondly referred to the president as “the Tycoon.”
Gift of Mrs. John Hay, 1912
Currently not on view
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 4 1/2 in x 6 in; 11.43 cm x 15.24 cm
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Mrs. John Hay
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History