Abraham Lincoln - one of America's most-famous presidents - left behind many words, although no one today is able to hear his actual voice. He died twelve years before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph (the first-known voice-recording device).
According to contemporary reports, Lincoln's voice was high-pitched and the President spoke with an accent. According to Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer:
People said that his voice carried into crowds beautifully. Just because the tone was high doesn’t mean it wasn’t far-reaching.
What about the President's accent? Holzer reports:
It was hard to know whether it was more Hoosier or blue grass.
Main cast members of The Mercury Theatre on the Air were:
Orson Welles, Martin Gabel, Ray Collins, Kenny Delmar, George
Coulouris, Edgar Barrier, Paul Stewart, Everett Sloane, Joseph Cotten,
Hiram Sherman, Erskin Sanford, Frank Readick, Agnes Moorehead, Alice
Frost, Karl Swenson, William Alland
Announcer: Dan Deymour
Orchestra: Bernard Herrmann
Producer: John Houseman
Director: Orson Welles
Writers: John Houseman, Howard Koch
Engineer: John Dietz
Sound Effects: James Rogan, Ray Kremer, Ora Nichol
Episode 6 of Mercury Theatre on the Air - first season - broadcast August 15, 1938.
Online, courtesy Archive.org