Lincoln on Democracy

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IV
“RIGHT MAKES MIGHT”
Lincoln and the Race for President
1859–1860

Only hours before delivering his Cooper Union address in New York City in February 1860, Lincoln posed for this flattering photograph at the Mathew Brady Gallery on Broadway. Seeing him not long thereafter, a London Times correspondent was struck by his “ill-fitting, wrinkled suit of black,” which he thought resembled “an undertaker’s uniform at a funeral.” Even Brady could not disguise the fact that his subject’s suit badly needed pressing. Nonetheless, this photograph soon inspired count- less engraved and lithographed Lincoln campaign portraits, banners, and broadsides. Brady himself insisted it “was the means of his election” as president. All Lincoln would concede—with somewhat forced folksi- ness—was that Brady “got my shaddow, and can multiply copies indefi- nitely”

(Photograph: Louis A. Warren Lincoln Library and Museum)

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