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Lincoln

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lincoln

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Abraham Lincoln's Office Suit

National Museum of American History
Abraham Lincoln wore this black broadcloth coat, vest, and trousers, as his office suit during his presidency. The shirt and tie are reproductions.

Lincoln’s office suit was used in a preliminary study for a posthumous portrait by Boston artist William Morris Hunt. In May 1865 Mary Lincoln sent Thomas Pendel, the White House doorkeeper, to deliver the suit. Pendel, being about the same size as Lincoln, posed in the clothing for the artist. Hunt kept the suit, and in 1894 his widow donated the clothing to the Smithsonian.

Gift of Mrs. William Hunt, 1894

lincoln

3D Smithsonian
Clark Mills Life Cast - Lincoln

Lincoln

National Museum of American History

Abraham Lincoln's Wedge

National Museum of American History
Lincoln used this iron wedge to split wood while living in New Salem, Illinois in the early 1830s.

In 1885 workers found this wedge during renovations to a house that once belonged to Mentor Graham in New Salem, Illinois. Graham was a friend of Abraham Lincoln’s, and Lincoln gave him the wedge as a token of friendship when he left New Salem to begin his career as a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois.

The initials “A L” appear on one side of the wedge. John Spears, a neighbor, recalled the day Lincoln went to a blacksmith and asked to have his initials cut into the wedge. The blacksmith hesitated, claiming he was “no scholar.” Lincoln borrowed the tools and marked the wedge himself.

Gift of Henry W. Allen, 1920

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

A. Lincoln

National Museum of American History

Lincoln portrait

National Museum of American History

General Lincoln

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lincoln's Hands

National Museum of American History

Abraham Lincoln

National Museum of American History

Abraham Lincoln's Office Suit

National Museum of American History
Abraham Lincoln wore this black broadcloth coat, vest, and trousers, as his office suit during his presidency. The shirt and tie are reproductions.

Lincoln’s office suit was used in a preliminary study for a posthumous portrait by Boston artist William Morris Hunt. In May 1865 Mary Lincoln sent Thomas Pendel, the White House doorkeeper, to deliver the suit. Pendel, being about the same size as Lincoln, posed in the clothing for the artist. Hunt kept the suit, and in 1894 his widow donated the clothing to the Smithsonian.

Gift of Mrs. William Hunt, 1894

Abraham Lincoln's Shawl

National Museum of American History
In chilly weather, Lincoln often wore a dark wool shawl over his shoulders. Many years later Robert Todd Lincoln gave his father's shawl to his own friend, Washington attorney Frederick Harvey.

Gift of Mrs. John Shirley Wood, daughter of Frederick Harvey, 1967

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery
This familiar image of Abraham Lincoln, a version of which appears on the copper penny, is easily the most ubiquitous of all Lincoln images. William Willard based this portrait on a photograph taken by Anthony Berger at Mathew Brady's studio in Washington, D.C., on February 9, 1864. The sitting occurred three weeks prior to Lincoln's appointment of General Ulysses S. Grant as commander of all the Union armies. The Lincoln penny was first minted in 1909, on the one-hundredth anniversary of Lincoln's birth.

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

Catalog of American Portraits

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery
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