Thanks to Robert Eisenman for calling attention to this fascinating post by Lenny Ben-David (via Aish.com) on Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William H. Seward, and his visit to Jerusalem in 1871, after Lincoln’s death. Seward was also seriously wounded by the John Wilkes Booth gang on the night of the assassination. He had previously visited Jerusalem in 1859 and it was likely his enthusiasm and desire to visit again that inspired Abraham Lincoln to desire to also make a Holy Land pilgrimage. Sewart died the year after his return from this trip. Note the Jewish majority in what everyone today calls “Arab East Jerusalem” at this time, long before the Jewish population was thinned and finally removed in 1948. See my previous posts on 19th Jerusalem with photos here and here.
Speaking of making a long-dreamed-about Holy Land trip, why not come with our group this November. We have a few slots still open, see link here.