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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
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Unidentified Artist
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Albumen silver print
Image/Sheet: 8.4 × 5.6 cm (3 5/16 × 2 3/16")
Mount: 9.9 × 6.1 cm (3 7/8 × 2 3/8")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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“A tall, ill-favored man, with little grace.”
In 1861, the elegant Bostonian Charles Francis Adams characterized Lincoln in the quotation above. Lincoln described himself as “six feet four inches, nearly; lean in flesh, weighing on average one hundred and eighty pounds; dark complexion, with coarse black hair and gray eyes.” Seemingly ungainly, Lincoln was physically strong, easily winning such frontier tests of strength as wrestling or holding a large axe parallel to the ground. Lincoln’s physical prowess helped him to connect with ordinary working Americans.
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National Portrait Gallery
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