His opulence of good humor seems lost behind a depressed look of greying disheveled hair, and sunken eyes, and caved in cheeks. There is a weight of burden stamped into the wrinkles of his face – maybe from the political battles over slavery that have already begun for the national election, or maybe because he can foretell the coming Civil War.

And yet he also sits defiant, upright and confident, his arms crossed, his smirk assertive. All the demeanor of a man who has a genuine belief in what he stands for to be right and good for the people. 

As a writer of the day said, Lincoln “should lead the hosts of freedom in this ‘irrepressible conflict,’ as he is in himself the embodiment and exponent of our free institutions.”

This photo is of Abraham Lincoln during his run for U.S. president in 1860.

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