While the Ohio House of Representatives can boast that former President Abraham Lincoln spoke in the
House Chamber, legend has it that before he was president, Lincoln danced on the Senate floor.
Some sources suggest that during
Lincoln's 1859 visit to Columbus as a presidential candidate, he attended a Statehouse ball in which he shared a dance with the
lovely Kate Chase, daughter of former Ohio Governor Salmon P. Chase, who would later serve in Lincoln's cabinet.
As the story goes, the dance was cut short due to a jealous Mary Todd Lincoln. However, many, many years later, Statehouse lore
suggests that the two may have tried to finish their dance. At the turn of the twentieth century, former Ohio Senator and Governor
Joseph B. Foraker heard waltz music blaring through the locked doors of the Senate Chamber while he was working in his Senate office
late one night. When he looked through the chamber window, he saw a tall, slender man with a petite woman in a Victorian-age hoop skirt. Foraker identified the pair as Lincoln and Ms. Chase, but unfortunately, no one else was there to corroborate his story.