A Wisconsin youth shares a bed with Abraham Lincoln in 1859.

Abraham Lincoln's Last Visit to Wisconsin

Lincoln last visited Wisconsin in 1859, when he was being floated as a potential presidential candidate by the Republican Party. Madison banker Lucien Hanks (1838-1925), then a young clerk visiting Janesville, was staying at the same home where Lincoln spent the night after delivering a speech. Sleeping arangements were tight, and the two ended up sharing the same bed -- a practice quite common among 19th-century travelers. In this article Hanks recalls his difficulty getting to sleep as Lincoln threw elbows and snored through the night.

Related Topics: Wisconsin in the Civil War Era
Wisconsin and the Republican Party
Creator: Hanks, Lucien, 1838-1925.
Pub Data: Madison Democrat, Aug. 25, 1918
Citation: Hanks, Lucien. "Abraham Lincoln's Last Visit to Wisconsin and How Lucien S. Hanks Had a Bad Time Trying to Sleep with Him." Madison Democrat, Aug. 25, 1918; Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=684; Visited on: 4/13/2024