Lincoln Film Spurs Interest In Lincoln’s Foot Doctor

LONDON (February 28, 2013)--He may just be a footnote to history, but Dr. Isachar Zacharie is enjoying a posthumous mini-moment, thanks to the interest in the presidency of Abraham Lincoln sparked by Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln.”

Zacharie was buried in London's famed Highgate Cemetery in 1900, but wasn’t included on the cemetery guide, although his name is being added Friday, joining such notables as communist philosopher Karl Marx, novelist George Eliot and punk pioneer Malcolm McLaren as a likely draw for visitors to the north London landmark.

Zacharie was Lincoln's foot doctor.

"Dr. Zacharie has operated on my feet with great success, and considerable addition to my comfort," the 16th president of the United States wrote in 1862, when the United States was gripped by civil war.

Daniel Day-Lewis won the Academy Award for best actor for his exactingly authentic portrayal of Lincoln in the film.

He spent a year preparing for "Lincoln," and, in his customary method, remained in character during the production.


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