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Meade Brothers Studio, active c. 1840 - c. 1869  Search this
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Alexander Gardner, 17 Oct 1821 - 10 Dec 1882  Search this
Meade Brothers Studio, active c. 1840 - c. 1869  Search this
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865  Search this
Albumen silver print
Image: 8.9 x 5.5 cm (3 1/2 x 2 3/16")
Sheet: 8.9 x 5.7 cm (3 1/2 x 2 1/4")
Mount: 10.2 x 6.2 cm (4 x 2 7/16")
c. 1861
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Born Hardin County, Kentucky
Although personally opposed to "the monstrous injustice of slavery," Abraham Lincoln was elected to the presidency in 1860 on a platform pledging opposition to the extension of slavery into the territories but non-interference with slavery in states where it already existed. Seven states, led by South Carolina, seceded from the Union before the president-elect had even embarked on his journey to Washington for his inauguration. Shortly after his arrival in late February 1861, Lincoln visited Mathew Brady’s Pennsylvania Avenue photography studio, where he posed for a portrait by the studio manager and cameraman, Alexander Gardner. An engraving derived from this likeness was soon published in the April 27, 1861, issue of Harper’s Weekly, providing the public with the first bearded image of the new president.
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Photographic format\Carte-de-visite  Search this
Architecture\Pedestal  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Male  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Military\Soldier  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Surveyor  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\State Senator\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Crafts and Trades\Boat builder  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Emerson Lyons
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