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President Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United StatesCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2016
[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, traditionally called "last photograph of Lincoln from life"]
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
"I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends."
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New Salem, home of Abraham Lincoln 1831 to 1837.

New Salem, home of Abraham Lincoln 1831 to 1837.

Perspective map not drawn to scale. Bird's-eye-view. "Adopted as authentic by Old Salem Chautauqua Association, 1909." LC Panoramic maps (2nd ed.), 176 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as... more

[Abraham Lincoln while campaigning for the U.S. Senate, taken in Chicago, Illinois

[Abraham Lincoln while campaigning for the U.S. Senate, taken in Chica...

Title devised by Library staff. Original photograph: The original daguerreotype is at the Chicago Historical Society. Ostendorf, no. 6 Meserve, no. 3 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by L... more

[Abraham Lincoln, immediately prior to Senate nomination, Chicago, Illinois]

[Abraham Lincoln, immediately prior to Senate nomination, Chicago, Ill...

Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right. According to Ostendorf, this portrait by Hessler was copied during Lincoln's campaign and further distributed. Ostendorf, no. 2 (variation) Meserve, n... more

[Abraham Lincoln while a traveling lawyer, taken in Danville, Illinois

[Abraham Lincoln while a traveling lawyer, taken in Danville, Illinois

Illus. in: The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln / Frederick Hill Meserve. New York, Privately printed, 1911, p. 43. Original photograph: The original ambrotype is at the Illinois State Historical Library. Ostendo... more

[Abraham Lincoln: Immediately prior to Senate nomination, Chicago, Illinois]

[Abraham Lincoln: Immediately prior to Senate nomination, Chicago, Ill...

Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right. Ostendorf, no. 2 Meserve, no. 6 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 6-7.

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left. Reversed and retouched copy of photo by Alexander Hessler]

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left. Reversed a...

"On February 28, 1857, Alexander Hesler took the famous photograph of Lincoln in Chicago. About seven months earlier, so the story went, Lincoln had posed for William H. Masters of Princeton, Illinois. No photo... more

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, facing left]

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, facing left]

Photo shows Abraham Lincoln in an image that was widely reproduced on presidential campaign ribbins in 1860. Lincoln reportedly liked the photograph and often signed prints for admirers. (Source: Ostendorf, p. ... more

[Abraham Lincoln, bust-length portrait, facing right]

[Abraham Lincoln, bust-length portrait, facing right]

Ostendorf, no. 12 Meserve, no. 4 Original photograph: The original tintype is at the National Lincoln Museum (Old Ford's Theatre), according to Ostendorf. Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album /... more

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, facing right]

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, facing right]

Photo shows Abraham Lincoln in an image that was widely reproduced on presidential campaign ribbons in 1860. Lincoln reportedly liked the photograph and often signed prints for admirers. (Source: Ostendorf, p. ... more

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, facing right]

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, facing right]

Photo shows Abraham Lincoln in an image that was widely reproduced on presidential campaign ribbins in 1860. Lincoln reportedly liked the photograph and often signed prints for admirers. (Source: Ostendorf, p. ... more

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, facing right]

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, facing right]

Photo shows Abraham Lincoln in an image that was widely reproduced on presidential campaign ribbons in 1860. Lincoln reportedly liked the photograph and often signed prints for admirers. (Source: Ostendorf, p. ... more

Hon. Abraham Lincoln,

Hon. Abraham Lincoln,

Print showing Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right.

[Rocca portrait of Lincoln]

[Rocca portrait of Lincoln]

Lincoln's facsimile signature at bottom of portrait.

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

The Library's print is a copy of an ambrotype by T. Painter Pearson, Macomb, Illinois. This print is reversed from the ambrotype. Ostendorf, no. 8 (variant) Meserve, no. 11 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: ... more

[Abraham Lincoln: President-elect]

[Abraham Lincoln: President-elect]

Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left. Ostendorf, no. 40 Meserve, no. 33 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 67.

Hon. Abraham Lincoln, born in Kentucky, February 12, 1809 / photographed by Brady.

Hon. Abraham Lincoln, born in Kentucky, February 12, 1809 / photograph...

Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, standing, facing slightly left. Wood engraving after photograph by Brady. Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 4, (1860 Nov. 10), p. 705.

[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president, half-length portrait, looking left, May 20,1860]

[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president, half-length portrait, ...

Photo shows presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, two days after he won his party's nomination. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 42.) The Library's print is a copy of an ambrotype. As a result,... more

[Hagelberg portrait of Abraham Lincoln]

[Hagelberg portrait of Abraham Lincoln]

39.5 x 31.5 cm. Mounted on 57 x 47.3 cm.

[Lassalle portrait of Lincoln]

[Lassalle portrait of Lincoln]

Facsimile of Lincoln's signature at bottom of portrait. Signed on stone: Emile Lassalle.

[Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States based on a Brady photograph.]
[Abraham Lincoln, oval, unbearded, facing slightly right, with oval bust of Hannibal Hamlin, facing slightly left]

[Abraham Lincoln, oval, unbearded, facing slightly right, with oval bu...

See LCQJ Oct. 1970. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf.

[Rosenthal portrait of Lincoln.]

[Rosenthal portrait of Lincoln.]

Colored shield and flag on oval border. Based on Meserve no 42, (Washington, 1861)/

[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president, before delivering his Cooper Union address, New York, N.Y., on Feb. 27, 1860]

[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president, before delivering his ...

Title devised by Library staff. Ostendorf, no. 17 (variant) Meserve, no. 19 or no. 20 (detail) Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 385.

[Lincoln portrait engraved by E. G. Williams & Bro. based on a Brady photograph.]

[Lincoln portrait engraved by E. G. Williams & Bro. based on a Brady p...

(Based on Meserve no. 75? A photograph by Matthew B. Brady in Washington, believed to have been made in 1863.) Penciled on back. Gift of Gladys Tallman. 10/23/64.

Abraham Lincoln from a portrait taken from life by Charles A. Barry, Springfield, Illinois, June 1860 / on stone by J.E. Baker ; J.H. Bufford's Lith. 313 Washington St. Boston.

Abraham Lincoln from a portrait taken from life by Charles A. Barry, S...

Print showing Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right. Title from item. Caption continues: Mr. Barry's portrait of "Honest Abe" is a correct and striking likeness. Signed, John Wood, Govr. of... more

Republikanische platform und candidaten für Präsident der Ver. Staaten: Abraham Lincoln, von Illinois. Für Vice Präsident: Hannibal Hamlin, von Maine ... [n. p. 1860].

Republikanische platform und candidaten für Präsident der Ver. Staaten...

1397 F 7 21 Mr. 47.; Rec. 3-25-47.; $20.00.; On verso: 1347F7 21 Nov 47. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as facsimile page images. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 234, Folder 2b.

[Bust portrait of Abraham Lincoln and title page]

[Bust portrait of Abraham Lincoln and title page]

Illus. in: The Life, Speeches, and Public Services of Abram Lincoln, Together with a Sketch of the Life of Hannibal Hamlin, N.Y., Rudd & Carleton, 1860, frontis, and title page. No file print. This record conta... more

[Abraham Lincoln, bust portrait, facing left; first photo to show his beard]

[Abraham Lincoln, bust portrait, facing left; first photo to show his ...

This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Ostendorf, no. 40 Meserve, no. 33 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 67.

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, looking right]

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, looking right]

Title devised by Library staff. Date from: Looking for Lincoln: the making of an American icon / Philip B. Kunhardt, III. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008, p. 465. Ostendorf, no. 18 Meserve, no. 110 Published in... more

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right. Copy of the print by Thomas Doney]

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right. Copy of t...

A copy photograph probably made from the 1860 mezzotint by Thomas Doney, which was based on a photo taken in 1857 by Alexander Hesler. "A likeness based on Hesler's photograph is Thomas Doney's mezzotint, first... more

[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president, half-length portrait, looking right, May 20,1860]

[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president, half-length portrait, ...

Photo shows presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, two days after he won his party's nomination. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 42-3.) Title devised by Library staff Previously attributed to W... more

[Abraham Lincoln, full-length portrait, standing]

[Abraham Lincoln, full-length portrait, standing]

The Library's photo was found in the collection of sculptor Henry Kirke Brown. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 17.) Title devised by Library staff. Date from: Looking for Lincoln: the making of an American icon / Philip... more

A prayer to be said by all good citizens on the day of fasting & prayer, ordered by Abraham Lincoln. The prayer .... [n. p.] [186-].

A prayer to be said by all good citizens on the day of fasting & praye...

On verso: 589729 Mar. 19 '40 Rare Bk Rm. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 236, Folder 40.

[Hesler portrait of Lincoln.]

[Hesler portrait of Lincoln.]

Meserve no. 26. A photograph by Hesler of Chicago, made in Springfield, Illinois on June 3, 1860. Mr. Truman H. Bartlett stated that this after Mr. Hesler's death in 1865 were bought by Mr. George B Ayres, who ... more

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right]

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right]

Ostendorf, no. 29 Meserve, no. 27 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 49.

Abraham Lincoln and his son Thad

Abraham Lincoln and his son Thad

Abraham Lincoln and his son Thad looking at album.

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait. Copy of photo by Joseph Hill]

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait. Copy of photo by Joseph...

Copy of a daguerreotype? "Because it was discarded in a woodshed, this faded photograph by Joseph Hill, Springfield, June 1860, escaped a blaze which destroyed all the photographs and negatives in Hill's galler... more

[Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln at the U.S. Capitol]

[Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln at the U.S. Capitol]

Photograph shows crowd of people viewing Lincoln's inauguration by the under-construction U.S. Capitol. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 1. Title devised by Library staff. Reference copy in LOT... more

[Abraham Lincoln and family looking at a book]

[Abraham Lincoln and family looking at a book]

Title devised by Library staff. Photograph of a print. Reference copy in BIOG FILE. Gift; Jennie A. Rhodes; 1949 Dec. 30.

[Brady portrait of Abraham Lincoln & "Tad" published by Richards.]

[Brady portrait of Abraham Lincoln & "Tad" published by Richards.]

Meserve no 39. A photograph of the President and the second son Thomas or "Tad" by Matthew B. Brady, made in Washington 1861 as the President looked at an album of photographs in Brady's studio. I t was used by... more

[Portrait of Abraham Lincoln attached to black ribbon]

[Portrait of Abraham Lincoln attached to black ribbon]

Title devised by Library staff. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:105). More information about this collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.lilj Forms part of: Liljenquist Family Collec... more

[Abraham Lincoln, full-length portrait, seated]

[Abraham Lincoln, full-length portrait, seated]

Photo shows Abraham Lincoln with a badly swollen hand after shaking hands with thousands of people during his journey to Washington, DC. During most of the sitting he kept his right hand closed or out of view. ... more

[Abraham Lincoln, first profile portrait with a full beard]

[Abraham Lincoln, first profile portrait with a full beard]

Library's photo is reversed. Title devised by Library staff. Ostendorf, no. 44 Meserve, no. 36 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 71.

Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln - March 4, 1861

Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln - March 4, 1861

J16415 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright Feb. 23, 1935 by N. Spindler. Original salted paper print in album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," LOT 12251, [p.] 59, located in PR 12, CN: 1972:158.

[Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in thermoplastic case]

[Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in thermoplastic case]

Title devised by Library staff. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:105). More information about this collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.lilj Forms part of: Liljenquist Family Collec... more

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, seated]

[Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, seated]

Title devised by Library staff. Attribution to Brady and date from: Looking for Lincoln: the making of an American icon / Philip B. Kunhardt, III. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008, p. 468. Ostendorf, no. 59 Mese... more

The dollar bill issued by the Merchant's Bank of Trenton, November 20th, 1861, is recorded in D. C. Wismer's "Obsolete Paper Money With Portrait of Lincoln.

The dollar bill issued by the Merchant's Bank of Trenton, November 20t...

Accompanying typed manuscript claims it is the earliest dated bill to be ornamented with the Lincoln lineaments. Handwritten note to bottom of manuscript indicates there is a bill earlier than that dates August 10, 1861.

[Abraham Lincoln, first portrait with a full beard]

[Abraham Lincoln, first portrait with a full beard]

Copy of photo from Reed Collection. Title devised by Library staff. Ostendorf, no. 41 Meserve, no. 34 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 199... more

State of North Carolina. A proclamation, by John W. Ellis. Governor of North Carolina Whereas: By proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, followed by a requisition of Simon Cameron, Secretary of War, I am informed that t

State of North Carolina. A proclamation, by John W. Ellis. Governor of...

Proclamation. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 135, Folder 12.

[Metzmacher portrait of Lincoln.] President des Estats-Unis.

[Metzmacher portrait of Lincoln.] President des Estats-Unis.

Based on Alexander Gardner photograph of Lincoln.

[Abraham Lincoln on battlefield at Antietam, Maryland, cropped version that highlights McLellan and Lincoln]

[Abraham Lincoln on battlefield at Antietam, Maryland, cropped version...

Abraham Lincoln with, from left: Col. Alexander S. Webb, Chief of Staff, 5th Corps.; Gen. George B. McClellan; Scout Adams; Dr. Jonathan Letterman, Army Medical Director; an unidentified person; and standing be... more

[Framed photographs of General Ambrose Everett Burnside and Abraham Lincoln with a manuscript signed note in Lincoln's hand.]

[Framed photographs of General Ambrose Everett Burnside and Abraham Li...

Meserve 38. The first photograph of Lincoln as President, by M. B. Brady, Washington, early 1861. Three pieces in a frame.

[Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. Seated portrait, holding glasses and newspaper, Aug. 9, 1863]

[Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. Seated portrait, holding glasses and...

"Lincoln poses in Gardner's new gallery on Sunday, August 9, 1863. ... Lincoln had promised to be Gardner's first sitter and chose Sunday for his visit to avoid 'curiosty-seekers and other seekers' while on his... more

[Gardner portrait of Lincoln.]

[Gardner portrait of Lincoln.]

Meserve no. 59. A photograph made by Alexander Gardner in Washington November 15, 1863. (From the Photographic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln; Lincoln Memorial University; The Meserve Collection, 1941.)

[Abraham Lincoln, full-length portrait, seated, facing slightly right]

[Abraham Lincoln, full-length portrait, seated, facing slightly right]

Ostendorf, no. 73 Meserve, no. 50 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 136-7.

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, in profile facing left; cropped from larger view]

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, in profile facing left;...

Ostendorf, no. 80 (variant) Meserve, no. 61 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 150.

[Abraham Lincoln, oval bust portrait, facing right]

[Abraham Lincoln, oval bust portrait, facing right]

Photograph by an unknown operator for Wenderoth & Taylor. Title devised by Library staff. Ostendorf, no. 95 Meserve, no. 79 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH... more

Abraham Lincoln, 16th president

Abraham Lincoln, 16th president

Photograph showing portrait of Lincoln. Title from item.

Union Republican ticket. Abraham Lincoln, of Illinois, for President. Andrew Johnson, of Tennessee, for Vice-President. [Campaign ticket]

Union Republican ticket. Abraham Lincoln, of Illinois, for President. ...

Globe surmounted by U. S. flag, and labeled "our country", floating in a body of water.

[Group of Union soldiers with Abraham Lincoln holding U.S. flag in foreground; four verses of Rally Round the Flag below image]

[Group of Union soldiers with Abraham Lincoln holding U.S. flag in for...

Illus. in: Harper's Weekly, 1864 Oct. 1, pp. 632-633. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

[Abraham Lincoln, three-quarter length portrait, standing]

[Abraham Lincoln, three-quarter length portrait, standing]

The Library's copy was made from a photograph in the National Archives (111-B-3656). Title devised by Library staff. Ostendorf, no. 86 Meserve, no. 76 Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by ... more

For President of the United States of America, For the term commencing March 4, 1869. Abraham Lincoln of Illinois.

For President of the United States of America, For the term commencing...

Handwritten at bottom, "This vote was given by me at the electoral college December 7, 1864. A. Hale.

[Photograph of a campaign button with portrait of Abraham Lincoln and inscription "For President Abraham Lincoln"]

[Photograph of a campaign button with portrait of Abraham Lincoln and ...

Title devised by Library staff. Stamped on verso: Gift, Joseph Verner Reed, July 22, 1955. Reference copy in PRES FILE - Lincoln ... Campaign.

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right]

[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right]

Title devised by Library staff. Vignetted portrait. Ostendorf, no. 87-D Meserve, no. 77 "Lincoln liked this photograph, taken with a multiple-lens camera by Mathew B. Brady, Washington, D.C., Friday, January 8,... more

[Abraham Lincoln, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing right; hair parted on Lincoln's right side]

[Abraham Lincoln, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing right;...

Title devised by Library staff. Ostendorf, no. 92 (variant) Meserve, no. 85 Portrait used for the engraved bust of Lincoln that appeared on the United States five dollar bill for many years, from 1914 to 2007. ... more