In 1887 the coffin of Abraham Lincoln was pried open to determine if it contained his body. What makes that act so remarkable is the fact that Lincolns body had rested in that coffin for 22 years. Yet, even more amazing is that 14 years later a rumor circulated again that Lincolns coffin was actually empty. The furor so gripped the land that the only way to silence it was to dig up the coffinagain. This was done and the rumor silenced when a handful of witnesses viewed the lifeless body of Abraham Lincoln.