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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

Nicholas H. Shepherd. [Abraham Lincoln, Congressman-elect from Illinois. Three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front]. [Springfield, Illinois, 1846 or 1847]. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (33.00.00)

ATTRIBUTED TO NICHOLAS H. SHEPHERD. Abraham Lincoln, congressman-elect from Illinois. 1846 or 1847

This image, made from a daguerreotype, is the earliest-known photograph of Abraham Lincoln, taken at age 37 when he was a frontier lawyer in Springfield and U.S. congressman-elect from Illinois.