Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Historian Pleads Guilty To Stealing Lincoln Letter

Yet another thief is in the news today for stealing letters written by former presidents of the United States. The former head of the Theodore Roosevelt Association in Oyster Bay, New York, pleaded guilty to stealing letters written by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln from the association.

Edward Renehan admitted in Federal Court to taking an 1840 letter written by Lincoln, and two letters written in 1778 and 1791 by Washington, then selling them to a New York gallery for $97,000.

Fortunately, federal officials have recovered the letters and will return them to the association. Renehan will face between 24 and 30 months in federal prison. He claims that bipolar disorder made him do it. Hmmm. How about simple greed?

See my posting of January 28, 2008 for the story of another thief who stole valuable documents written by Lincoln and other leaders from American history.

3 comments:

historianlover said...

Wow, that's terrible! To think he was in charge of the Association and trusted with all the important documents. Thank goodness they caught him. It seems that people use Bi-polar as an excuse to get away with things, I think it was simple greed also.

Lincoln Friends said...

As a fellow Lincoln lover, I am glad to see museums have tightened their security measures.

Also, thank you for your updates about Lincoln news. Columbus and beyond surely thanks you.

historylover said...

Hi, I really enjoy your blog and have added you onto my blogroll, I hope you don't mind

 
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