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    Lincoln Assassination Telegram, Possibly the Earliest News of His Death. This telegram may be the first notice of President Abraham Lincoln's death to be telegraphed. American Telegraph Company executive George F. Milliken sent this telegram to his wife notifying her of Lincoln's death at "8 o'clock, 30 min. a.m." on the morning of April 15, 1865, just an hour after he was declared dead at 7:22 AM

    Addressed to Milliken's wife at 46 Sharon Street, Boston, Massachusetts, the text of the letter reads as follows: "President Lincoln died at twenty-two minutes after seven. J. Wilkes Booth was the Assassin. This is official."

    The telegram measures approximately 5" x 7" and is mounted to a scrapbook page with a news clipping on the verso. Cased in a nice blue hardbound cloth case, the telegraph includes a photograph of Milliken and an envelope with his signature.

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