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[Abraham Lincoln, Congressman-elect from Illinois. Three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front] (LOC)

[Abraham Lincoln, Congressman-elect from Illinois. Three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front] (LOC) [Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, June 3, 1860] (LOC) [Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Half-length portrait, seated, facing front] (LOC) [Presidential campaign button with portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin] (LOC) Inauguration of Mr. Lincoln, March 4, 1861 (LOC) President Lincoln on battle-field of Antietam, October, 1862 (LOC) [Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. Seated portrait, holding glasses and newspaper, Aug. 9, 1863] (LOC) Abraham Lincoln, Sunday, November 8, 1863 (LOC) Lincoln & his secretaries, Nicolay & Hay (LOC) [Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. Seated portrait, facing front, January 8, 1864] (LOC) [Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President, looking at a photo album with his son, Tad Lincoln, Feb. 9, 1864] (LOC) [Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President.  Seated portrait, facing right] (LOC) Hon. Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States (LOC) Abraham Lincoln, Pres't U.S. (LOC) Crowd at Lincoln's second inauguration, March 4, 1865 (LOC) The latest photograph of President Lincoln - taken on the balcony at the White House, March 6, 1865 (LOC) Lincoln's funeral on Pennsylvania Ave. (LOC) [President Abraham Lincoln's catafalque, New York City, N.Y., April 24 or 25, 1865] (LOC) Arch at Twelfth St., Chicago, President Abraham Lincoln's hearse and young ladies (LOC) [Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln. Three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front] (LOC)

Photography figured prominently in Abraham Lincoln’s life. The 200th anniversary of his birth offers a fitting occasion to enjoy treasured portraits from the Library of Congress collections.

Curator of photography Carol Johnson has selected images that let you see how Lincoln looked over 20 years—from the earliest known photographic likeness in 1846, through the U.S. presidential campaign of 1860, and the pressures of the Civil War years. Views from Lincoln’s funeral in 1865 and portraits of his immediate family are also included.

Born on February 12, 1809, Lincoln lived in the era when photography was introduced to the world and then became a mass communication tool. Lincoln was the first U.S. presidential candidate to tap the new technology frequently and has been called the most photographed man of his day.

Look at more Lincoln images?
• Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, recently digitized Lincoln images.

Learn more about historic photos?
You can read about daguerreotypes and the other kinds of photos in this set at “Popular Photographic Print Processes,” www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/589_ intro.html.

Dive deeper through books?
• Freedman, Russell. Lincoln: A Photobiography. New York: Clarion Books, 1987. 150 pages. (Written for young people, this Newbery Medal book is a visually rich introduction to Lincoln’s life for anyone.)

• Mellon, James. The Face of Lincoln. New York: Viking Press, 1979. 201 pages. (A large-format book with beautifully reproduced photos paired with "Lincoln’s written and spoken words interspersed with eyewitness descriptions of the man.”)

• Ostendorf, Lloyd. Lincoln’s Photographs: A Complete Album. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998. 437 pages. (Detailed descriptions of all known portraits. The primary source for the info in the photo descriptions from the Library of Congress.)

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BobMeade  Pro User  says:

I like the following story about curator Carol Johnson's "discovery" of some previously unidentified Lincoln related photographs too:
www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0803/lincoln.html

I guess modesty precluded Ms. Johnson including those ones in this set - lest she be drawing attention to her own great discovery.

It also contains some good links to Library of congress Lincoln resources.
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trazomfreak  Pro User  says:

Wonderful set. I'm glad I am able to set eyes on photographs that have such historical significance.
Thank you.
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fw652830 says:

I adore this set of photographs and only wish I had a set mailed to me, . . .for you see . . .I was born on Lincoln's Birthday (Feb 12, 1943).
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The Library of Congress  Pro User  says:

lifeasdaddy: Good point! I added the link to the second inauguration print in the set.
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fw652830 says:

I adore this set of photographs and only wish I had a set mailed to me, . . .for you see . . .I was born on Lincoln's Birthday (Feb 12, 1943). My 94 year old mother, Estelle, died on Dec 1, 2008; she never lived long enough to celebrate the Lincoln Bicentennial. And, back in 1949, she came to my first grade classroom and handed out ice cream skippy cups to the entire class! Memories of mother and Lincoln's birthdays of the past! They both belong to the ages.
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Momba (Trish)  Pro User  says:

Very interesting set. Thanks so much to the contributors for sharing this bit of history with the world!
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Teresa's Images..PRIVATE PAGE.. [deleted] says:

Very beautiful stream.

History is everything I thank you for sharin
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ucumari  Pro User  says:

A fabulous collection! I have never seen so many photos of President Lincoln in one place.
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rose+freedom says:

Redlands, California has a museum dedicated to President Lincoln It is a place of great interest.
These historic picture are wonderful, I have posted them on fb.
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James Taylor8 says:

These photos are georgous.
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