Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Abraham Lincoln's First Beard at 51 Years Old in November 1860, Chicago, Illinois.

Abraham Lincoln's first whiskers. The photograph taken Sunday, November 25, 1860 by Samuel G. Alschuler in Chicago, Illinois. 
The picture of the President-elect with a half-beard is a unique portrait. It was preserved by Henry C. Whitney, a youthful attorney who had traveled the Illinois circuit with Lincoln. Some thirty years later it turned up in the files of Chicago photographer C. D. Mosher, and was saved from destruction by Herman Herbert Wells Fay, a custodian of the Lincoln Tomb.

Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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