Humankind is naturally curious about the lives and deaths of the famous, be it actors, musicians, politicians, or activists. An oddly fascinating detail of these notable figures’ deaths are the final meals that historians and the media have discovered they ate.
Whether they dined at their favorite restaurant or ate at home with a loved one, most of these household names ate meals indicative of their personalities and passions before their death.
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, while watching the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater. According to Andrew Caldwell, author of Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals, Lincoln dined on mock turtle soup, roast Virginia fowl with chestnut stuffing, baked yams, and cauliflower with cheese sauce.
For Lincoln, a typically “sparing” eater, this meal sounds uncharacteristically hearty. History.com reports that John Hay, one of Lincoln’s private secretaries, thought the former president “ate less than anyone I know.”