Kennedy's private secretary a confidant
March 18, 1998
Lincoln and Kennedy
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- For more than a decade, Evelyn Lincoln was
John F. Kennedy's personal secretary and one of his most
Lincoln was by Kennedy's side from the time he became a U.S.
senator until his death in Dallas, during his presidency.
She kept hundreds of things she had collected from Kennedy
until her own death in 1995, and she willed those items to
collector Robert White.
"I one time asked her, 'Why pick through the trash and save
his doodles?' and she said, 'because I knew he was special,'"
During Kennedy's presidency, Lincoln worked in a small room
next to the Oval Office. In a 1989 interview with CNN's Larry
King, Lincoln remembered Kennedy as a taskmaster.
"I knew he was special."
"He wanted you to do the right thing at the moment. He wanted
Lincoln said Kennedy even asked her to help sneak women into
the White House.
"You know women chased him. Let's face it. There were young
women. There were older women. They all did. I spent half of
my time talking to women."
CNN's Tony Clark contributed to this report.