Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    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.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 614

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 March 3 Rare Books Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search