Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was one of the most photographed men of his time—and his face became familiar to millions thanks to the infant medium of mass-distributed photography.  Washington image-makers like Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner succeeded brilliantly in luring Lincoln to their galleries and recording for the public, and posterity, his slow, painful physical decline.  Photos trace Lincoln from the robust president-elect of the first inaugural to the emaciated, war-weary leader of the second inaugural, in a series of portraits that became best-sellers, and filled thousands of family albums, during the Civil War.  The gallery below truly reveals the Abraham Lincoln as Americans of his era knew him.

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