: Abraham Lincoln visited the Statehouse on three occasions. In 1859, little known outside of his home state,
he spoke to a small crowd on the subject of slavery and the preservation of the union. In 1861, on his way to Washington, DC to be sworn
in as president, he stopped in Ohio and spoke to a joint session of the Ohio Legislature. It was while at the Statehouse that he received
a telegram that his election to the nation's highest office was official. His third visit was more somber. Lincoln, the first president
to be assassinated, lay in state in the Statehouse Rotunda as his casket was being transported back to Illinois for burial.