This Day In History March 4

Historical Events & Manuscripts on March 4

March 4, 1849

Who is in charge, when the presidential term ends on noon on the Sunday, but the Oath isn’t taken, until Monday?

Abraham Lincoln by Gardner, February 1865. Source: Library of Congress.
March 4, 1865

A country divided, battered, exhausted – limping towards the end of the bloodiest war in American history. Abraham Lincoln, as often was the case during his presidency, is under threat. John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor and Confederate sympathizer is planning an attack with other conspirators that will change the course of the nation.