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Historic checks from Huntington Bank collection on view at CSU

A rare check written by Abraham Lincoln shortly before his death recently resurfaced in the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University.

The unusual piece of presidential memorabilia was featured in an exhibit of personal checks from the vaults of Huntington Bank, which has opened a full-service branch in CSU’s Main Classroom Building.

The $800 check is made out to “self.” The check is dated April 13, 1865 – the day before Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth and two days before Lincoln died.

Also on view at CSU were checks from other U.S. presidents, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as inventor Thomas Edison and writers Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain.

CSU and Huntington have entered into an exclusive 10-year partnership that provides more than $1 million for scholarships and academic programming through an expanded banking program that Huntington will offer as “The Official Bank of Cleveland State University.”