White House Coffee Cup

Richmond had fallen. Lee had surrendered. The war was finally coming to an end. It was time to celebrate the victory, unify the American people, and rebuild the nation. On the evening of Good Friday, April 14, Lincoln decided to spend a relaxing evening at the Ford’s Theatre.
After dressing for the evening, a White House servant observed the president leaving behind this cup on a windowsill just before departing. The servant preserved it as a relic of that tragic night. Years later Capt. D. W. Taylor presented this cup to Robert Todd Lincoln, Lincoln’s eldest son, who maintained it as a family heirloom.
Gift of Lincoln Isham, great-grandson of Abraham Lincoln, 1958
Object Name
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
associated institution
White House, The
Physical Description
purple; white, gold trim (overall color)
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 3 1/4 in x 3 7/8 in; 8.255 cm x 9.8425 cm
part:: 1 1/4 in; 3.175 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
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Political History: Political History, White House/First Ladies Collection
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
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