About Clay Stuckey

The Trials and Tribulations of the Corpse of Abraham Lincoln

The long and descriptive title of my talk is “The Trials and Tribulations of the Corpse of Abraham Lincoln: How Nefarious Tomb Robbers and Incompetent Tomb Builders did not Allow him to Rest in Peace.” In the talk I describe the bizarre history of Lincoln’s body and the attempt to kidnap it, the about fifteen times it has been moved since its burial in Springfield, and the five times the coffin has been opened since the open casket funeral at Springfield. I explain the complete dismantling and rebuilding of the tomb at Springfield that has occurred TWICE!


Dr. Clay Stuckey was graduated from Indiana University with an undergraduate degree in history and anthropology in 1967 and from the IU School of Dentistry in 1975. He lives in Bedford, Indiana where he practiced dentistry until his retirement in 2010. He is a retired Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and his articles on various history related subjects have appeared in the Lincoln Herald, the Indiana Magazine of History, Indiana Folklore and Oral History, and the Hoosier Line among others. Several unpublished manuscripts may be found in the library of the Indiana Historical Society.