The Inside Story of Abraham Lincoln's Top Hat

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Abraham Lincoln is one of the most revered presidents of the United States. The politician was well known not just for his contribution to society but also for his standout style. One of the things he is most know for is his top hat. This may be a simple accessory for some, but for Lincoln, the top hat was more of a power tool.
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The top hat was a symbol of wealth during the old days. It was mostly worn by the upper class citizens and politicians. Lincoln, who was a statesman and lawyer developed a liking for the accessory.
Lincoln's top hat was from a prominent Washington hat maker, J.Y. Davis. It wasn't an ordinary, run-of-the-mill hat. His top hat was custom made, with a black silk detailing, which was to commemorate his his son Willie.
The last time Lincoln was seen with his top hat was at the Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865, where he was assassinated. The War Department preserved President Lincoln's famous top hat, along with his other notable belongings.
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The 19th century top hat was transferred to the care of the Smithsonian in 1867 but was kept secret from the public for a very long time. It wasn't until 1893 when the Smithsonian finally lent it over to the Lincoln Memorial Association to be exhibited to the public. Today, it is considered to be one of the most treasured hats in history!