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Abraham Lincoln's Daring Escape


Chances are you know a bit about Abraham Lincoln. After all, he was one of America’s most famous Presidents. But, did you know that before he even became President, Lincoln’s life was threatened and he was forced on a daring journey to escape? Join host Adam Ray for a story about detectives, assassins, and disguises. As the story goes, just before Lincoln was to be inaugurated, a plot to assassinate him emerged and was uncovered by one of history’s most famous detectives, Allan Pinkerton. It’s a story of intrigue and espionage, leading to Lincoln’s disguise as a sick old man that allowed him to escape on a train and become America’s 16th President. Let’s go learn about this incredible story.

About the Host

Adam Ray is an actor appearing in many movies like Ghostbusters. You can hear Adam's voice on cartoons like like Dreamwork's Trolls, Adult Swim's Rick & Morty & Super Mansion, and as Swift Wind in the Dreamworks SHE-RA.

About Honest History

Honest History creates award-winning books, magazines, and this show for young historians across the world. Our mission is to inspire kids to create a positive impact on history themselves. Learn more at and @honesthistory.


This episode was written by Heidi Coburn and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.