Over the course of his political career Lincoln posed for about 130 portraits, and some of them have become iconic. We have seen them in books, on classroom walls, and, of course, on our coins and paper money.
Many Lincoln photos tell a story. The poses were struck to be used for political purposes, or simply because Lincoln had promised to visit a photographer's studio.
Classic Lincoln portraits, and the stories behind the various studio sessions, depict him as young congressman, upstart candidate, and war-weary president.
Photo Essay: Classic Lincoln Portraits
Photograph: Candidate Lincoln in August 1860, photograph by Preston Butler/Library of Congress
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