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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Slide Show - Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

These twenty-two images show Abraham Lincoln over the course of twenty years--from the earliest known photographic likeness in 1846, through the U.S. presidential campaign of 1860. It also includes views from Lincoln's funeral in 1865 and portraits of his immediate family.

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The Images Featured in the Slide Show

[Abraham Lincoln, Congressman-elect from Illinois. Three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front]
[Abraham Lincoln, Congressman-elect from Illinois ... ]
LC-USZC4-2439 (color film copy transparency post-1992)
[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, June 3, 1860]
[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president ... June 3, 1860]
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19200
[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Half-length portrait, seated, facing front]
[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Half-length portrait, seated, facing front]
LC-USZ62-7728A (b&w film copy neg.)
[Presidential campaign button with portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin]
[Presidential campaign button with portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin]
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19430 (digital file from original item, front)
Inauguration of Mr. Lincoln, March 4, 1861
Inauguration of Mr. Lincoln, March 4, 1861
LC-DIG-ppmsca-07636
President Lincoln on battle-field of Antietam, October, 1862 / Alex. Gardner, photographer
President Lincoln on battle-field of Antietam, October, 1862 ...
LC-DIG-ppmsca-12544
[Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. Seated portrait, holding glasses and newspaper, Aug. 9, 1863]
[Abraham Lincoln ... Aug. 9, 1863]
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19206
Abraham Lincoln, Sunday, November 8, 1863
Abraham Lincoln, Sunday, November 8, 1863
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19191
Lincoln & his secretaries, Nicolay & Hay
Lincoln & his secretaries, Nicolay & Hay
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19421
Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. Seated portrait, facing front, January 8, 1864 / Brady, New York
Abraham Lincoln ... January 8, 1864 ...
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19211
[Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President, looking at a photo album with his son, Tad Lincoln, Feb. 9, 1864]
[Abraham Lincoln ... with his son, Tad Lincoln, Feb. 9, 1864]
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19199
[Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing right]
[Abraham Lincoln ... three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing right]
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19470
Hon. Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States
Hon. Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States
LC-DIG-ppmsca-18958
Abraham Lincoln, Pres't U.S. / Alex. Gardner, photographer to the Army of the Potomac
Abraham Lincoln, Pres't U.S. / Alex. Gardner, photographer to the Army of the Potomac
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19215
Crowd at Lincoln's second inauguration, March 4, 1865
Crowd at Lincoln's second inauguration, March 4, 1865
LC-DIG-ppmsc-02927
The latest photograph of President Lincoln - taken on the balcony at the White House, March 6, 1865
The latest photograph of President Lincoln ... March 6, 1865
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19192
Lincoln's funeral on Pennsylvania Ave.
Lincoln's funeral on Pennsylvania Ave.
LC-DIG-cwpbh-03254
[President Abraham Lincoln's catafalque, New York City, N.Y., April 24 or 25, 1865]
[President Abraham Lincoln's catafalque, New York City, N.Y., April 24 or 25, 1865]
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19422
Arch at Twelfth St., Chicago, President Abraham Lincoln's hearse and young ladies
Arch at Twelfth St., Chicago, President Abraham Lincoln's hearse ...
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19202
[Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln. Three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front]
[Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln ...]
LC-USZC4-6189 (color film copy transparency
[Willie and Tad Lincoln, sons of President Abraham Lincoln, with their cousin Lockwood Todd] / Brady
[Willie and Tad Lincoln, sons of President Abraham Lincoln, with their cousin Lockwood Todd] / Brady
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19235
[Robert Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln, half-length portrait, seated]
[Robert Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln ...]
LC-DIG-ppmsca-19229

Obtaining Copies/Rights Information

Users can download the images or can purchase quality copies through the Library of Congress Duplication Services.

The images are presented for educational and research purposes. The Library of Congress is unaware of any restrictions on the use of the images. However, patrons who plan to publish or otherwise distribute any of the images should be aware that determination regarding the appropriate use of an image ultimately rests with the patron. The Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission for use of the images. For further information, see "Copyright and Other Restrictions That Apply to Publication/Distribution of Images..."

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Selections by: Carol Johnson, Photo Curator, Prints & Photographs Division. Created: April 2009.


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