• Creator
  • William Judkins Thomson, active 1858 - 1860
  • Created Date
  • Oct 11, 1858
  • Description
  • Born Hardin County, Kentucky. As the fledgling Republican Party’s candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois in 1858, Abraham Lincoln challenged Democratic incumbent Stephen A. Douglas to a series of debates on the issues. Lincoln ultimately lost the election, but his debates with Douglas propelled him to national prominence. Two years later, Lincoln was elected president. This portrait was taken by a local photographer in Monmouth, Illinois,... more
    Born Hardin County, Kentucky. As the fledgling Republican Party’s candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois in 1858, Abraham Lincoln challenged Democratic incumbent Stephen A. Douglas to a series of debates on the issues. Lincoln ultimately lost the election, but his debates with Douglas propelled him to national prominence. Two years later, Lincoln was elected president. This portrait was taken by a local photographer in Monmouth, Illinois, on October 11, 1858, two days before the sixth debate. After the sitting, Lincoln indulged the photographer’s six-year-old son William by taking him "next door and fill[ing] him up with candy and figs. less
  • Format
  • Half-plate ambrotype
  • Rights
  • National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution