“FOR Us THE LIVING”
Lincoln and Democracy
Aged and exhausted by four years of war, Abraham Lincoln posed in a photographer’s studio for the last time for this Alexander Gardner por- trait, taken February 5, 1865, a week before his fifty-sixth birthday. Visit- ing him in the White House, abolitionist A. M. Ross noticed “a sad, serious look in his eyes that spoke louder than words of the disappoint- ments, trials, and discouragements he had encountered since the war began. The wrinkles about the eyes and forehead were deeper; the lips were firmer, but indicative of kindness and forbearance. The great struggle,” he concluded, “had brought out the hidden riches of his noble nature.”
(Photograph: National Portrait Gallery)
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Publication information: Book title: Lincoln on Democracy. Edition: Revised. Contributors: Mario M. Cuomo - Editor, Harold Holzer - Editor, Abraham Lincoln - Author. Publisher: Fordham University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2004. Page number: 299.
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