New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_3627
The earliest known photograph of Abraham Lincoln, taken by Nicholas H. Shepherd probably in Springfield, Illinois, circa 1846.
How does President Lincoln look in this picture?
What do you think President Lincoln was like?
Why is President Lincoln known as Honest Abe?
What characteristics did he have that made him a leader?
How do you think he felt in this picture?
Do you think that he knew what he was doing was monumental?
This photograph of Abraham Lincoln was taken around 1846. What was Abraham Lincoln's life like in 1846?
Math: About how old was Abraham Lincoln when this photograph was taken?
Science: This photograph was made as a daguerreotype, which used a process of photography introduced in 1839. Instead of film, what material is used to make a daguerreotype? How long might a person have to sit still when posing for a daguerreotype?
English Language Arts: Pretend you are the photographer who took this photograph of Abraham Lincoln and that you are writing in your diary the day you took the photograph. Write your impressions of Abraham Lincoln. You may want to include what you thought of his appearance, what you talked about when you took his photograph, and what you think he might do with his life in the future.
Stone, Tanya Lee. Abraham Lincoln. DK Publishing, December 2004. ISBN: 0756608341
Turner, Ann. Abe Lincoln Remembers. HarperCollins Children's Books, January 2003. ISBN: 0060511079
Freedman, Russel. Lincoln: A Photobiography. Houghton Mifflin Company, August 1989. ISBN: 0395518482