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Our abolitionist hero!— Hannibal Hamlin after completion of the quest

Head of State is a side quest in Fallout 3.

Quest stages

Siding with the former slaves

5 Talk to Caleb Smith.
10 Make sure the Lincoln Memorial is free of Super Mutants.
15 Kill all the slavers.
20 Get a picture of the Lincoln Memorial
25 Take the picture of the Lincoln Memorial to Caleb.
30 Meet Hannibal at the Memorial.
35 Tell Hannibal the Memorial is free of Super Mutants.
40 Tell Hannibal that Caleb is ready.
80Quest finishedTalk to Hannibal Hamlin.

Siding with the slavers

45 Find at least one Lincoln artifact in Museum of History.
50 Sell Lincoln artifacts to Leroy Walker.
55 Find Hannibal Hamlin and the Temple of the Union.
60 Report Hannibal Hamlin's location to Leroy Walker.
70 Join Leroy Walker in attacking the Temple of the Union.
90Quest finishedTalk to Leroy Walker.
100Quest finishedFind the runaway slaves.

Detailed walkthrough

Side with the former slaves

The quest is given to the Lone Wanderer in the Temple of the Union by Hannibal Hamlin. Hamlin wants to relocate his slave haven from the Temple of the Union to the Lincoln Memorial and restore the memorial as a sign of freedom. The quest may also be started after speaking with Leroy Walker or killing the slavers at the Lincoln Memorial.

Hamlin requests for the player character to scout the Lincoln Memorial to see if it is still occupied by super mutants and if so, kill them. He will also ask the player character to assist Caleb Smith in finding a picture of the Lincoln Memorial which will serve as reference material for restoring the location. The picture of the memorial is located on the second floor of the Museum of History.

The player character must return to the Temple of the Union, at which time Lincoln's head will be secured to the back of a brahmin and the group will leave for the memorial. The player character will then meet the group outside of the Mall Metro Northwest entrance. The Lone Wanderer can tell the group to wait or accompany them as they attack the slavers. There are eight slavers present, and once killed, speaking to Hamlin completes the quest.

Side with the slavers

The first time the player character talks to Leroy Walker, he will ask them to find items related to Lincoln. The second time the player character talks to Walker, or after they trade the first Lincoln item, Walker will ask the player character to locate Hannibal Hamlin. The player character can tell Walker where the slaves reside, causing the group to leave the memorial for the Temple of the Union. Meeting the group under the highway west of the Temple of the Union, speaking to Walker will begin the attack. The death of all slaves within will complete the quest.


  • Upon first entering the Temple of the Union, all inhabitants will refuse to speak to the player character until they have talked to Hannibal Hamlin.
  • After completing the quest, one will be unable to talk to any of the former slaves except Hamlin.
  • Successfully completing this quest in favor of the former slaves and restoring the Lincoln Memorial results in a unique ending featuring the restored Lincoln Memorial, provided one ends the game with good Karma.
  • Completing the quest in favor of the former slaves gives a new line of dialogue to a couple of the Underworld inhabitants and non-player characters in Rivet City, in which they mention trade relations having recently started between the Underworld ghouls and Lincoln Memorial.
  • When the player character first enters the Temple of the Union, Hannibal will tell them that they are not allowed to leave until they pledge themselves to the Temple of the Union. Despite this, one may just jump out of a window.
  • Killing the slavers at Lincoln Memorial will not make the slavers at Paradise Falls hostile.


  • PCPC If the player accompanies the slavers to the Temple of the Union, and Leroy Walker is killed during the trek, but other slavers survive, the quest marker for exterminating all the slavers will permanently stay over Walker's body. The quest is then unable to advance through either storyline.[verified]
    • This can be fixed by killing all the slavers and then stand within the memorial and relocate each slave, their dog, and their pack animal. Simply hit [` ~] , enter the id followed by 'moveto player' on the next line. After they're relocated tell them the way is safe and they'll travel the short distance left to the Memorial. Their ids are: prid 239dd ; prid 239da ; prid 27fa8 ; prid 278e0 ; prid 239dc ; prid 8b5ff ; prid 239db.
    • If siding with the slavers try these instead: prid 27fba; moveto player; prid 27fbb; moveto player; prid 27fbc; moveto player; prid 27fbd; moveto player; prid 48128; moveto player; prid 46508; moveto player. This will move all slavers, including Silas and Leroy to wherever you want them to be so they meet up with Hannibal and his crew. If they're already dead, you can try to resurrect them for a second kill chance if you so desire.
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 If Hannibal Hamlin is not appearing outside the Mall Northwest Metro Station, after waiting a day, check the Temple of the Union as he may be camped there and not moving. If he and the other runaway slaves aren’t moving, simply attack one and runaway after they become hostile. Escape and wait for 24 hours at a safe location before fast-traveling to the Mall Northwest Metro Station. Once there, wait 24 hours. Hannibal and the others should appear and no longer be hostile. He will give you the reward and the quest will be complete. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Killing the slavers prior to the quest will fail the quest when the memorial is reached, with the message "Hannibal Hamlin and Leroy Walker are dead", even though Hamlin is alive. Only happens if Hannibal runs with the Wanderer to the memorial. [verified]
    • If the quest is not failed after arriving at the memorial, the slaves will stand around expecting you to kill the already dead slavers. One way to fix this is with a console command. "set MS06.SlaversDead TO 99.00" without quotes. This will allow you to complete the quest as though you had killed the slavers. Alternatively, if the quest marker is stuck hanging over Leroy Walker's body, you can use the console to resurrect Walker inside the Memorial (prid 27fba, then resurrect), kill him again, and complete the quest that way.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Hannibal Hamlin and the runaway slaves are not at the Mall Northwest Metro Station sometimes after you report back to him that there are no more super mutants in the Lincoln Memorial and he tells you he will be ready in an hour. Waiting, even for several game hours does nothing. Hannibal never appears, and he isn't at the temple, either. If Hannibal and the slaves aren't appearing, head into the Georgetown/the Mall metro gate and wait 24 hours. [verified]
  • PCPC Hannibal Hamlin and the runaway slaves finally got to the Mall Northwest, but refuse to walk to the memorial and fight, there are no dialogue options to make them go there. This seems to happen if you clear out all enemies in the target area before starting the quest or if you clear out the area before they arrive. setstage 30 will make them walk there, but they may stand around and do nothing. setstage 50 finally finishes the quest. Another way to deal with the issue is to leave the slavers alone and wait for Hamlin and his people to arrive, this may take 24 in-game hours or less, then you can go on the attack with or without Hamlin after the slavers are killed, you should finish the quest. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 When the former slaves leave the temple, one of them, Simone Cameron, may spontaneously decide to turn around and head back to the temple instead of traveling. Since her dialogue remains unchanged and she has no practical reason to remain at the temple, this may be a scripting error. Attempting to break into the storage room even after the former slaves have left results in bad Karma, and she will become hostile if she witnesses you picking the lock. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes, Hannibal won't go to the memorial. Even when you clear it of all slavers, Hannibal won't go, leaving him just standing there. He'll just keep waiting for you to kill the slavers. Same with Caleb Smith, he'll say that the slavers must be killed and to talk to Hannibal. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you just pick up the quest after completing "Take it Back!" you may not be able to complete it. When it is picked up, you will get two quest markers. One will be Leeroy and the other will be Hannibal, of course, but Hannibal is at the Mall Northwest Metro Station. He doesn't move and there is no dialogue options between the PC with Hannibal or Leroy (no current fix has been released). [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 If you tell the slavers where Hannibal and the other slaves reside, follow them and kill them along the route, you may run into the problem of not killing a slaver. Then, when you go and talk to Hannibal, the objective to kill all the slavers will still be active, showing several markers across the map including Paradise Falls. Going to the markers, you will find no slavers. Be sure that all the slavers are killed before talking to Hamlin. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 If you tell Hannibal and the other slaves to attack the slavers, they won't go into the maintenance room and kill Leroy. Instead, they will stand in the Memorial, looking for slavers. Killing Leroy yourself will complete the objective. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 While attacking the Temple of Union Charon may turn hostile to the slavers. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you kill the slavers upon arrival at the Temple of the Union you can still complete the quest, but you will have a map marker telling you to talk to the slavers. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally, Hannibal will appear out in the Wasteland and be killed by Enclave soldiers. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 The slavers may become hostile and attack the player if they move forward at all after being told by the slavers to avoid walking on the steps, regardless of whether or not they were anywhere near the stairs.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 After Hannibal and the slaves arrive in the Mall Northwest station, they may wander off in a random direction. Talking to them only gives normal dialogue options as if you were still at the Temple of Union. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 It may be impossible to start the quest by talking to Hannibal. However, it will still activate if the slavers are made hostile. [verified]