Abraham Lincoln was a talented politician who recognized the value of the new medium of photography. And during his political career he would make a point of taking time to pose for photographers. About 130 photographic portraits of Lincoln exist.
Some Lincoln portraits have become iconic, and the poses held in studios are how we visualize him. And some of the images of Lincoln are simply part of everyday life, as they have appeared for many years on coins and paper money.
This gallery of rare images from the Library of Congress contains some of the most significant photographic portraits of Abraham Lincoln.
|First Photo of Lincoln||In the Late 1850s||1860 Portrait by Alexander Hesler||Lincoln Portrait by Alexander Hesler|
|Lincoln by Preston Butler, August 1860||Last Portrait In Illinois||Lincoln at Gardner's New Studio||The "Gettysburg Portrait"|
|Abraham and Tad Lincoln||The Five-Dollar Bill Portrait||The Penny Profile Portrait||Portrait Showing Strains of War|