Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th President of the United States, and is generally regarded by history as an extraordinary leader and a man of character.
It is undoubtedly his upbringing and his steadfast convictions that led him to politics. He read voraciously, studied law on his own, and successfully started his own law practice after winning his first election for the state legislature. He was as remarkable arguing his cases as he was in office.
His dedication to service, boldness, and audacity showed him to be immensely popular and helped him gain the reputation of one of the best presidents the U.S. has ever had.
We’re taking a look at 14 rare photos of Honest Abe and his family that paint an intimate picture of the legendary president. The last photo in the slideshow is one you’ve likely never seen — the only known shot of Lincoln’s last moments!
14. Solemn Portrait
There are a few interesting aspects of this amazing photo of the former Pres. Taken in 1859, it really captures his solemn, thoughtful personality and though the photograph is so old, it looks like Lincoln is staring right at you through his deeply set eyes, doesn’t it? This photo also shows off what large ears he had.