Scholar Discusses Yonkers' Ties To Gettysburg Address

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Scholar David Carlyon will discuss the connection between a famous Yonkers actor and the Gettysburg Address at the Sherwood House on Sunday, June 8.
Scholar David Carlyon will discuss the connection between a famous Yonkers actor and the Gettysburg Address at the Sherwood House on Sunday, June 8. Photo Credit: File

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Author David Carlyon will discuss a little-known connection between Yonkers actor Edwin Forrest and the Gettysburg Address at the Yonkers Historical Society's American History Awards on Sunday, June 8, at 1 p.m. 

Carlyon, Ph.D. and author of the book "Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of," will discuss how Abraham Lincoln's most famous speech echoed words spoken by the famous Yonkers actor. 

Though there is no definitive connection, Carlyon will discuss why this has never been addressed as well as make a connection between Lincoln as a politician and a performer. 

The awards ceremony will be held at the historic Sherwood House, 340 Tuckahoe Road.

The program is free and open to the public. 

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Did you know the doctor attending to Lincoln at his death bed was Dr.Charles Leale, who married a Copcutt,from a famous Yonkers family at the time.
Leale is buried in Yonkers.