Abraham Lincoln was the first President to experience the upswing in popularity of photography during the late 1840's through the 1860's. We are lucky enough to have around 50 distinct portraits of the great man during his life, and we wanted to put together a list of our favorites in chronological order. He went through so much in the last ten years of his life, it's fascinating to see how he went from a clean-shaven young man to a weathered, bearded statesman at the time of his death in 1865.
Springfield, Sangamon County
1846 - This daguerreotype is the earliest confirmed photographic image of Abraham Lincoln. It was reportedly made in 1846 by Nicholas H. Shepherd shortly after Lincoln was elected to the United States House of Representatives.