Abraham Lincoln: Receding Hairline


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Lincoln is generally not thought of as bald, but a photo showing the top of his head in November 1863 (while giving the Gettysburg address) discloses significant temporal recession of his hairline. [See photo SEE BELOW ]

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A detail from the photograph is below:

 

Lincoln is the man in the middle of the crowd, with head bent. Note the prominent "widow's peak."

This is the only known photograph of Lincoln delivering the famously short Gettysburg address. No doubt the photographer expected to have more time to take pictures.

The Library of Congress web site supplied this photo.


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