Abraham Byers' famous May 7, 1858, photograph of Abraham Lincoln is a seven-by-nine-inch ambrotype, mounted in an ornate brass frame. Taken at Byers' Beardstown studio, it is the only known portrait of Lincoln in a white suit. Also,it is generally believed to be one of ten photographs taken of Lincoln during 1858. Owned by the University of Nebraska, the photo is usually kept in a vault, though it was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., during the bicentennial celebration in 1976.As Abraham Lincoln was no ordinary lawyer, Abraham Byers was no ordinary photographer. in fact, this man who took the famous portrait of Lincoln in a white suit was not really a photographer. A store clerk, Byers settled in Beardstown for time, but spent much time in Nebraska engaged in land speculation. He gained ownership of the photography studio in a settlement of an unpaid load. Byers taught himself the art of ambrotype photography. In the 1850's, Byers developed a friendship with Lincoln, according to his daughter, Olive Byers Hayes. In 1861, Byers married Mary Tull in Beardstown. Later they moved to Aledo, Illinois, where Byers became a successful banker. Byers remarried after Mary's death in 1902. He eventually went to Omaha, where he passed away in 1920. his widow Zora, donated the famous photograph to the University of Nebraska.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10:04am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 718945 N 4432898|
|Decimal Degrees||40.01791667, -90.43450000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 1.075', W 90° 26.07'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 1' 4.50" N, 90° 26' 4.20" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101-199 S State St, Beardstown IL 62618, US|
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