Miami U. student finds Lincoln fingerprint

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - A Miami Univeristy freshman uncovered a rare find while she was working on a class project.

Lydia Smith, a psychology major from Granville, Ohio, was transcribing a letter Abraham Lincoln wrote when she noticed a smudge that she suspected could be a thumbprint.

Lincoln historians confirmed that it was indeed Lincoln's thumbprint from a letter he wrote on Oct. 5, 1863. The letter was among hundreds of miscellaneous letters stored in Miami's Walter Havighurst Special Collections section of King Library and uncovered this fall.

Both Lincoln and Miami University are celebrating their 200th birthday this month.