Abraham Lincoln, c. 1865

Lewis E. Walker
Albumen silver print

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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If I had another face. . .


Lincoln always complained that his hair was uncontrollable, and in this picture he seems to have solved the problem by getting a crew cut! Lincoln’s appearance was mocked more than any other president, but Lincoln used self-deprecatory humor to his own advantage. In a senatorial campaign, Stephen Douglas charged that Lincoln was two-faced. Lincoln retorted, “If I had another face, do you think I’d wear this one?”

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