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Virtual Visit: Hauntings - Legends of the Capitol Halls

Explore the history behind the legends and lore of the New York State Capitol.
Virtual Visit: Hauntings - Legends of the Capitol Halls
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Virtual Visit: Part 3 Hauntings: Legends

Explore the history behind the legends and lore of the New York State Capitol.

Trivia

 

Who designed the original New York State Capitol?
Thomas Fuller designed the original Capitol building in the federal style of architecture. The Capitol building opened in 1809 and was torn down in 1883 during the construction of our current Capitol building.

What was the purpose of Lincoln’s visit to the Old State Capitol?
In 1861, as President-Elect Abraham Lincoln was traveling to Washington DC to assume the presidency, he stopped in Albany to make a speech in the  Assembly Chamber.

Who else was in Albany the same day of Lincoln’s visit?
John Wilkes-Booth was also in Albany performing in a play during Lincoln’s visit.

What Albany couple has a connection to Lincoln?
Clara Harris, daughter of Senator Ira Harris from Troy, and her fiance Colonel Henry Rathbone, son of an Albany mayor, attended the theater with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln on the fateful night of April 14, 1865.

What does “Lay in State” mean?
A tradition in which the body of a deceased individual is placed in a state or federal building in order for the public to pay their respects. Lying in state is a formal honor given to Presidents, Presidents-Elect, Vice Presidents, members of Congress, or any persons designated by the President.

How many United States Presidents have laid in state in the current New York State Capitol?
President Ulysses S. Grant was the first and currently only US President to lay in state in the current New York State Capitol.