President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated 150 years ago, on April 15, 1865. Yesterday, Johnny L. Bone, an artist friend, sent my wife and me an original oil portrait of President Lincoln. Apparently, Sugar had told Johnny about my interest and collection.
Many years ago, I had an internship in the Washington D.C. office of Senator Mark O. Hatfield. Senator Hatfield, who had taught Political Science at a university before entering politics himself, was a Lincoln scholar. He had a good collection of books about Abraham Lincoln. While I lived in D.C., I read several biographies of Lincoln and started my own modest collection. I visited the Lincoln Memorial and Ford’s Theater and the house across the street where the president died. In the basement of Ford’s Theater is a gift shop. I bought a poster of a photograph of President Lincoln. I had it framed. It has been in my law office for my entire career. Somewhere along the way, I purchased a model of Lincoln’s head, said to be by the artist who sculpted the statue in the Lincoln Memorial. The stone came from Colorado, I was told. That story by the antique dealer could not be authenticated or the price would have been more. Nevertheless, I like to think that I have a head of Lincoln done for practice on the monument. Now I am proud to have the original oil portrait by Johnny L. Bone.