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Lincoln's Kalamazoo Tea Hostess to be Revealed!

  • Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Institute (KLI) investigators have discovered who hosted Lincoln for tea in Kalamazoo during his 1856 visit.
  • This research was published in The Michigan Historical Review.
  • This discovery will be announced to the public on Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12, 2022.
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln wrote in a letter to Zachariah Chandler, Michigan's U.S. Senator, that he remembered meeting him four years earlier in Kalamazoo when the two had taken tea together.  New research by the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Institute has discovered the identity of Lincoln's Kalamazoo tea hostess.  This discovery was recently published in The Michigan Historical Review

We will publically announce our findings on Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12, 2022.

Lincoln's letter was written in response to an invitation he had received from Senator Chandler inviting him and Mrs. Lincoln to join Chandler in Detroit, at the Michigan State Fair.  Lincoln wrote Chandler declining the invitation, but recalling the two had previously met in Kalamazoo.
Michigan U.S. Senator, Zachariah Chandler, wrote Lincoln inviting him to attend the 1860 Michigan State Fair in Detroit.  You can read the Library of Congress transcription of the letter by clicking here.
Our article in The Michigan Historical Review is not yet available online.  We will release a summary of the article revealing Lincoln's Kalamazoo tea hostess in our Feb. 12, 2022 newsletter.
Keep an eye on your inbox.  On the evening of Feb. 12, the identity of Lincoln's Kalamazoo tea hostess will be revealed!
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