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Question: Was Lincoln’s corpse ever stolen?


Almost. From 1865 to 1871, his body lay first in a public receiving vault and then in a temporary vault in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. After the construction of the Lincoln Tomb in 1871, his remains were transferred there. In 1876, however, an attempt was made to steal the body and hold it for ransom. The plot was not successful, and when the tomb was rebuilt thirty years later, Lincoln's body was buried under many feet of concrete.