Michael John Neill asks Which President Did Coke? Yes, it was a Republican, but not the one you think.
In the course of analyzing Lincoln's finances, [Harry E.] Pratt, a noted Lincoln scholar and former Illinois State Historian, lists credit purchases the Lincoln family made at Corneau and Diller's, a drugstore in downtown Springfield that was popular at the time. According to Pratt, an entry in the store's ledger for Oct. 12, 1860 says the Lincoln family purchased 50 cents worth of "cocaine," among other items. [Link]Read to the end of the article before jumping to the conclusion that the Ford's Theater incident was a drug deal gone bad.