Was king of Siam a friend of Lincoln?
The King of Siam offered Abraham Lincoln a herd of elephants
which Lincoln declined.
Rama IV, King of Siam, had sent to President James Buchanan several very nice gifts and a letter offering to send elephants. By the time the package was in receipt, Abraham Lincoln had taken office. He graciously accepted the sent gifts, but turned down the offer of elephants, stating the country did well with steam power and would likely have no use for the animals.
Elephants. In 1856, the King of Siam, his Majesty Somdetch Phra Paramendr Maha Mongut, had received a multitude of publications from Lincoln's predecessor, President James Buchanan, which indicated our government's approval of a ratification of a commercial treaty between Siam, and the US. In return, the King of Siam sent the President elect, then, President Lincoln a handsome sword in a gold scabbard inlaid with silver, a daguerreotype portrait of himself and his child, and…
Anna and the King is a movie starring Jodie Foster and Tom Felton. The movie is partially based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam, which was released in 1944. The plot deals with an English teacher who moves to Siam to teach English to the king's wives and children. The king and Anna discuss their cultural differences and learn about each other and become friends.