Statesman 'Holy grail' to be unveiled Friday

Newly restored issue reported Lincoln's death

April 25, 2014 

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David Leroy found and purchased what local historians have spent decades searching for: the missing Idaho Statesman from April 25, 1865, that reported the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.


What's special about this issue? The Idaho Statesman printed an extra edition the afternoon of April 25, 1865, to report the news that President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated. Until two months ago, historians thought every copy of that issue had been lost.

What's going on Friday? The Idaho State Historical Society will unveil the newly repackaged issue, which Lincoln history buff David Leroy bought online in February. The event starts at 3 p.m. at the Idaho State Historical Society Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.

The Statesman's 150th anniversary The rediscovery of the Lincoln Paper is especially well-timed for the newspaper. Keep an eye out for the Statesman's Top 50 Stories series, starting May 18, that will revisit some of the most important stories of the Statesman era. The same day, the paper will begin reproducing especially remarkable front pages. You can find the reprints in the Sunday Life section and online every other day.

At Read about and see photos of the Lincoln Paper.

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