May 06, 2011: Barry Cauchon

Last month, Robert Redford’s feature film, The Conspirator was released in theaters across North America. Although many in the Lincoln Assassination Research community are quite pleased with the film, the one criticism that I’ve heard more than any other is that the actors did not resemble the characters they were hired to play.

So to have some fun with this, let’s play the game of Casting Agent. I’d like you to pick some historical characters from US history and cast an actor to play them in a future Presidential film. The actor can be living or dead but the only stipulation is that the actor has to look as much like the historical character as possible. Talent is not required.

Send your choices with pictures (of both the character and the actor) to my email at

I’ll start you off with a few choices of my own and post the best of your picks as they come in.

Have fun.

Here are two historical characters that you can start casting for. Or chose your own historical character and cast the actor that looks most like them.





Here are the friends and foes of Abraham Lincoln whose birthdays are in August.

   Robert Todd Lincoln – 1st son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Born August 1, 1843. Age 169.

  David Rice Atchison, President of the United States on March 3, 1849  David R. Atchison, President of the United States for one day on Sunday, March 4, 1849. Some believe Atchison was technically President on this day when outgoing President Polk and Vice President Dallas’ terms expired at noon. As well, incoming President-elect Zachary Taylor refused to be sworn in on the sabboth. Millard Fillmore, the Vice Presidential running mate also was not inaugurated. So Atchison, as President pro tempore of the Senate (3rd in line to the Presidency), was considered by some to be the Acting President for that short period. Born August 11, 1807. Age 205.

 Drummer Boy Johnny "Lincoln" Clem.  John Joseph Klem (aka Johnny Lincoln Clem), the heroic Union army drummer boy who served with the 22nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He joined at age 10 in 1861. Present at the Battle of Chickamauga, he was chased by a Confederate colonel attempting to capture him, when John Klem raised his musket, shot and killed the soldier. After the battle he was nicknamed the “Drummer Boy of Chickamauga”, a name that would give him fame throughout the rest of the war and his life. Born August 13, 1851. Age 161.

       Allan Pinkerton (left), founder of Chicago detective agency, shown here with Abraham Lincoln and Maj. General John A. McClernand at Antietam. Born August 25, 1819. Age 193.

Hannibal Hamlin  Hannibal Hamlin, 15th Vice President of the United States (Lincoln’s VP from 1861-1865). Born August 27, 1809. Age 203.


Oliver Wendell Holmes   Oliver Wendell Holmes, Cambridge, Massachusetts, physician/author. Born August 29, 1809. Age 203