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President Abraham Lincoln

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."
[Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, traditionally called "last photograph of Lincoln from life"]
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[Abraham Lincoln, immediately prior to Senate nomination, Chicago, Illinois]

Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right. According to Ostendorf, this portrait by Hessler was copied during Lincoln's campaign and further distributed.

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

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

[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. 29)

[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. 29)

[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. 29)

[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. 29)

[Abraham Lincoln: President-elect]

Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left.

Hon. Abraham Lincoln,

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

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

Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, standing, facing slightly left.

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

Photo shows presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, two days after he won his party's nomination. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 42.)

Abraham Lincoln and his son Thad

Abraham Lincoln and his son Thad looking at album.

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

Photo shows presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, two days after he won his party's nomination. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 42-3.)

[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.

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

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

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

"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

Abraham Lincoln, 16th president

Photograph showing portrait of Lincoln.