When Lincoln Paid

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When Lincoln Paid
Directed byFrancis Ford
Written byWilliam Clifford
StarringJack Conway
Francis Ford
Charles Edler
Ethel Grandin
Distributed byMutual Film
Release date
  • January 31, 1913 (1913-01-31)
Running time
30 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

When Lincoln Paid is a 1913 American short silent historical drama film written by William Clifford and directed by Francis Ford, who also appears in the film as Abraham Lincoln. Ford portrayed Lincoln in at least seven silent films; all are now lost except for this one.[1]


The mother of a dead Union soldier attempts to convince President Lincoln to pardon a similarly condemned Confederate soldier whose unjust conviction was the result of her vindictive scheme.


  • Francis Ford as Abraham Lincoln
  • Jack Conway
  • Charles Edler (billed as Charles Elder)
  • Ethel Grandin


This was one of many films from the 1910s focusing on Lincoln's well-known practice of pardoning young Civil War soldiers condemned to die, if any extenuating circumstances might have been involved.

Preservation status[edit]

When Lincoln Paid was thought to be lost until a contractor who was demolishing a barn in Nelson, New Hampshire discovered a 35mm Monarch projector and seven reels of film. Among the seven reels was a nitrate print of When Lincoln Paid. The contractor donated the reels to the Keene State College Film Society. When Lincoln Paid was restored[1] and was screened at Keene State College in April 2010.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Reynolds, Mark. "Long-Lost 1913 Lincoln Film to Premiere at the Putnam". keene.edu. Retrieved October 23, 2014.

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