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February 5, 1865. "Abraham Lincoln, seated, holding spectacles and a pencil." Glass transparency; photograph by Alexander Gardner.

February 5, 1865. "Abraham Lincoln, seated, holding spectacles and a pencil." Glass transparency; photograph by Alexander Gardner.

5 February 1865 Alexander Gardner photo of Abraham Lincoln | This is the last official portrait of President Lincoln, taken in February 1865 by Alexander Gardner (Gardner worked for Matthew Brady and actually took many of the photos attributed to Brady). There are a few more informa, pictures taken in March 1865 by Henry F. Warren.  The President is holding spectacles and a pencil. Glass transparency.

WHAT IS THE LAST KNOWN PICTURE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN ALIVE?

5 February 1865 Alexander Gardner photo of Abraham Lincoln | This is the last official portrait of President Lincoln, taken in February 1865 by Alexander Gardner (Gardner worked for Matthew Brady and actually took many of the photos attributed to Brady). There are a few more informa, pictures taken in March 1865 by Henry F. Warren. The President is holding spectacles and a pencil. Glass transparency.

President Abraham Lincoln at the Antietam Battlefield, near Sharpsburg, Maryland

President Abraham Lincoln at the Antietam Battlefield, near Sharpsburg, Maryland

Abraham Lincoln: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power."  Happy Birthday Mr. President.

Abraham Lincoln: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power." Happy Birthday Mr. President.

This iconic photograph of President Abraham Lincoln was taken on February 5, 1865, in the final year of the Civil War and only two months before his assassination. The original intent of this photo by Alexander Gardner was to serve as basis for a painted portrait, but the photo resulted more impressive than the portrait. Poet Walt Whitman described the president’s expressions as “a deep latent sadness,” with the toll of war evident.

This iconic photograph of President Abraham Lincoln was taken on February 5, 1865, in the final year of the Civil War and only two months before his assassination. The original intent of this photo by Alexander Gardner was to serve as basis for a painted portrait, but the photo resulted more impressive than the portrait. Poet Walt Whitman described the president’s expressions as “a deep latent sadness,” with the toll of war evident.

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