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Abraham Lincoln spends the day in New York City, addresses the City Council, and goes to the Opera

Abraham Lincoln meets Fernando Wood in New York City, February 20, 1861, artist's impression, detail
02/20/1861
Abraham Lincoln left Springfield, Illinois on February 11, 1861 for his journey to Washington DC.  His party had reached New York City from Albany the previous afternoon and spent the night at the Astor House.  In the morning Lincoln breakfasted with leading city bankers and endured a cool reception from Democratic mayor Fernando Wood at City Hall in the afternoon.  In the evening, he and Mrs. Lincoln saw the Verdi opera, Un Ballo in Maschera, at the Academy of Music and slept again at the Astor House.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Incoming Administration - Mr. Lincoln in New York," New York Times, February 21, 1861, p. 1.
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