Lincoln, circa 1860

President Lincoln

Lincoln's 1861 and 1865 appearances in Westchester serve as bookends for the county's war years. Lincoln's first Westchester visit came on February 19, 1861, when he made a brief stop in Peekskill en route to his inauguration. William Nelson, former U.S. Congressman and friend from Lincoln's days in Congress, was then a lawyer in Peekskill, and Lincoln's brief speech at the Peekskill train station was given as a favor to Nelson.

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