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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
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Meade Brothers Studio, active c. 1840 - c. 1869
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Alexander Gardner, 17 Oct 1821 - 10 Dec 1882
Meade Brothers Studio, active c. 1840 - c. 1869
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
c. 1861
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")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Emerson Lyons
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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.
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