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502. James McGrady Rutledge (William H. Herndon Interview).

[March 1887]

What is your Name, Age and Occupation

James M Rutledge, Age 72 years Occupation Farmer

Was you well acquainted with Ann Rutledge, and If related to her You may state what relationship Existed

I am. We were first Cousins


Do You Know any thing Concerning the Courtship and Engagement of Abraham Lincoln and Ann Rutledge If so state fully Concerning the same

Well I had an Oppertunity to Know and I do Know the facts. Abraham Lincoln and Ann Rutledge were Engaged to be married. He came down and was with her during her last sickness and burial. Lincoln was Studying Law at Springfield Ill. Ann Rutledge Concented to wait a year for their Marriage after their Engagement until Abraham Lincoln was Admitted to the bar. and Ann Rutledge died within the year.

J. M. Rutledge

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3369



1. This may or may not be in WHH's hand.

2. The distinctive paper on which this interview is written, identical to that of the interview with Jasper Rutledge dated March 9, 1887, fixes the date within a few days.