The assassination attempt before he entered office and the abundant murder threats should have led to tighter security and more protection on the President. This, however, was not the case. Part of this is because of Lincoln himself. Toward the end of the war in 1864, as the threats got more serious, he did have armed officers with him for protection. In the book “Lincoln’s Last Days” by Bill O’Reilly, it says that armed officers protected him in shifts. There were two with him from eight in the morning to four in the afternoon, one at midnight, and one posted outside Lincoln’s bedroom as he slept, who also would follow him around the White House when he could not sleep (O’Reilly 77). Lincoln did not like being constantly watched, though. Despite the abundant threats, he would say, “If I am killed I can die but once. But to live in constant dread is to die over and over again” (O’Reilly 78). He was not afraid of being assassinated. He was righ...
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