SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Bible that belonged to 16th President Abraham Lincoln in his final year of life has recently been obtained by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
Mary Lincoln gave the Bible to family friend Noyes W. Miner in 1872. Miner was “a friend very much beloved by my husband,” Mrs. Lincoln wrote.
Miner and his descendants kept the Bible safe for nearly 150 years. Now they have donated it to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
“We feel that Lincoln’s Bible belongs to the American people as a national treasure. Lincoln is our most revered president and this Bible will be a constant connection to his incredible life,” said Sandra Wolcott Willingham, the great-great-granddaughter of Noyes Miner.
Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, thanked the family on behalf of Lincoln fans and scholars everywhere.
“President Lincoln once called the Bible ‘the best gift God has given to man.’ Now Rev. Miner’s family has made a gift of Lincoln’s own Bible so that it can be shared with everyone,” Lowe said.
The Bible will be exhibited in the museum’s Treasures Gallery for the rest of 2019.