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* Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

* Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
* The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

* Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

* Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

* Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

* Both were shot in the head in the presence of their wives.

* Lincoln's secretary, named Kennedy, warned him not to go to the theatre. Kennedy's secretary, named Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas.

* Both were assassinated by Southerners.

* Both were succeeded by Southerners.

* Both successors were named Johnson. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

* John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin, was born in 1839. Lee Harvey Oswald, assasin of Kennedy, was born in 1939.

* Both assassins were known by their three names.

* Both names are comprised of fifteen letters.

* Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and ran and hid in a warehouse, where he was caught. Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and ran and hid in a theater, where he was caught.

* Lincoln was shot in the Ford Theatre. Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln, made by Ford.

* Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

* Both lost a sister prior to becoming President.

* Both were boat captains: Lincoln was skipper of the Talisman, a Mississippi river boat; Kennedy was skipper of PT-109.

* Both Presidents had four children, and had two of their children die before them.

* Lincoln's sons named Robert and Edward; Kennedy's brothers named Robert and Edward.

* Lincoln defeated Stephen Douglas who was born in 1813. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon who was born in 1913.

* Both failed to win the Vice Presidential bid, Lincoln in 1856, Kennedy in 1956.

* Both were the second child of their family.

* Both were elected president with less than fifty percent of the popular vote, and had their election results contested.

* Both married in their thirties's to women age twenty-four.


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