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Top hat allegedly worn by Abraham Lincoln to Ford's Theater on April 15, 1865Top hat allegedly worn by Abraham Lincoln to Ford's Theater on April 15, 1865

In 1867 this hat and other relics from Lincoln's assassination were removed from exhibition at the Patent Office and transferred to the Smithsonian. For many years the hat was kept in storage because museum officials believed it was in poor taste to show objects connected with the assassination of a president.

See also: Hats, Presidential Memorabilia, Popular Objects

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