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Abe Lincoln with His Son Tad

Abe Lincoln with His Son Tad American Presidents American History Social Studies Nineteenth Century Life

President and Mrs. Lincoln lost a beloved son - Willie - while they lived in the White House.  Mr. Lincoln always said it was one of the most difficult things he'd ever experienced.

In this drawing - based on a photograph by Anthony Berger (who worked at Mathew Brady's studio) - we see the President with another of his sons - Tad.  The engraving was published in the May 6, 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly.  It is believed to be the only existing close-up image of the President wearing his glasses.

Lincoln became extremely close to Tad following Willie's death in 1862.  According to the National Portrait Gallery, father and son were "inseparable" during the President's final years.

Click on the image for a much better view.


Media Credits

Engraving of Abraham and Tad Lincoln, based on a photo by Anthony Berger, from the May 6, 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly.  Image online, courtesy Library of Congress.

For more information about the original photo, see the information provided by the Library of Congress.

 

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