Impersonator who voiced Lincoln Memorial recordings dies

Impersonator who voiced Lincoln Memorial recordings dies

September 30th, 2015 by Associated Press in National Obituaries

FILE - In This Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, James Getty, portraying President Abraham Lincoln, attends a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, in Gettysburg, Pa. Getty died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Gettysburg, Pa. He was 83. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - An Abraham Lincoln impersonator whose voice stood for the 16th president's at the Lincoln Memorial and Gettysburg ceremonies has died.

James Getty portrayed the former president for nearly four decades. He lent his voice to recordings of his speeches at the Lincoln Memorial and other exhibits. And each November, he gave rousing recitations of the Gettysburg Address at the battlefield cemetery.

Getty died Saturday in Gettysburg at age 83.

He had been in declining health for several months and hadn't performed as Lincoln since April. A funeral home confirmed his death.

The Illinois native served in the Navy as a radioman in the Korean War.

He sang with the St. Louis Municipal Opera's chorus, directed church choirs, taught school and managed a theme park before becoming Lincoln in 1977.