Evelyn Lincoln

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Evelyn Lincoln
Evelyn Lincoln.jpg
Lincoln at her desk in the White House, 1961
Personal Secretary to the President
In office
January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
Appointed by John F. Kennedy
Preceded by Ann C. Whitman
Succeeded by Gerri Whittington
Personal details
Born Evelyn Maurine Norton
(1909-06-25)June 25, 1909
Polk County, Nebraska
Died May 11, 1995(1995-05-11) (aged 85)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Political party Democratic

Evelyn Maurine Norton Lincoln (June 25, 1909 – May 11, 1995) was the personal secretary to John F. Kennedy from his election to the United States Senate in 1953 until his 1963 assassination in Dallas. Mrs. Lincoln, who was in the motorcade when Kennedy was assassinated, made it a point to visit Kennedy's grave at Arlington National Cemetery every year afterward on the anniversary of his death.


She was born Evelyn Maurine Norton on a farm in Polk County, Nebraska. Her father was John N. Norton, a member of the United States House of Representatives. Evelyn married Harold W. Lincoln in 1930, and moved to Chevy Chase, Maryland.

In 1968 she wrote a book, Kennedy and Johnson in which she wrote that President Kennedy had told her that Lyndon B. Johnson would be replaced as Vice President of the United States. Lincoln wrote of that November 19, 1963 conversation, just before the assassination of President Kennedy,

According to the National Archives, Lincoln gave away or sold many of Kennedy's documents and artifacts that she had been entrusted with managing by the Kennedy family after Kennedy's assassination.[1] In 2005, a legal settlement was reached that enabled the National Archives, the Kennedy Library, and Caroline Kennedy to recover thousands of pages of documents and other items.

Lincoln died at Georgetown University Hospital in 1995, after complications that followed surgery for cancer. Her cremated remains were inurned in a niche at a columbarium in Arlington National Cemetery.


Mrs. Lincoln was the author of two books:

  • My 12 Years With John F. Kennedy
  • Kennedy and Johnson, 1968