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[Lincoln and Willie in Front Yard]

By John Adams Whipple


Abraham Lincoln and his son Willie stand in the front yard of the only house Lincoln ever owned. Tad is behind the corner post, his face is slightly blurred because he did not hold his pose for the full exposure count. The children in the foreground are unidentified."He called it his 'little brown cottage' and bought it for $1,500 in 1844 from the Reverend Charles Dresser, an Episcopal rector who had married the Lincolns in 1842. Here Lincoln's sons, Eddie, Willie, and Tad, were born, and here he was living when elected President." This photograph was taken in the summer by Whipple, who had set up his camera in the yard across the street

Topics: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Homes and haunts--Illinois; Lincoln, Thomas, 1853-1871; Lincoln, William Wallace, 1850-1862
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society
Year: 1860
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