President Lincoln with Gen. George B. McClellan with Officers in Antietam
This photograph of President Lincoln standing among a group of soldiers during the Civil War was taken by Alexander Gardner on October 3, 1862. The photograph was taken on the grounds on the Battle of Antietam, which took place in northwestern Maryland on September 17, 1862 and is considered the bloodiest day-long battle in American history. Standing, from left to right, are: Col. Delos B. Sacket, I.G.; Capt. George Monteith; Lt. Col. Nelson B. Sweitzer; Gen. George W. Morell; Col. Alexander S. Webb, Chief of Staff, 5th Corps.; Gen. George B. McClellan; Scout Adams; Dr. Jonathan Letterman, Army Medical Doctor; unknown soldier; President Lincoln; Gen. Henry J. Hunt; Gen. Fitz-John Porter; unknown soldier; Col. Frederick T. Locke, A.A.G.; Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys; Capt. George Armstrong Custer. The original photograph was a glass negative, wet collodion print.
This front page edition of "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper" features a wood engraving print of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Published on May 6, 1865, the engraving shows John Wilkes Booth leaping from the Presidential Box at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. to the stage below moments after he shot the president, who is hidden by curtains surrounding the box. President and Mrs. Lincoln were attending the play "Our American Cousin".
This lithograph print of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln was published by Currier & Ives in 1865. The assassination of President Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth occurred on April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. while "Our American Cousin", a play, was being performed. Seated in the Presidential Box along with President Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln were their guests, Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancé, Clara Harris. Maj. Rathbone, at left, is seen standing, confronting the assassin as he fatally shoots the president. Rathbone was stabbed during while attempting to capture Booth. The print was a popular seller at the time and was framed and hung or placed in scrapbooks in many homes.
Abraham Lincoln & General Scott Review Volunteer Troops
Alfred R. Waud
This sketch was drawn in 1861 by Alfred R. Waud, an artist and illustrator who worked as a correspondent during the Civil War. The drawing was done on green paper using pencil and Chinese white, a white pigment used in watercoloring. In the drawing, President Abraham Lincoln and General Winfeld Scott review volunteer troops parading down Pennsylvania Avenue. President Lincoln and Scott stand under a tent erected outside the North Grounds of the White House, perhaps the first reviewing stand built near the White House grounds.
President Lincoln and Gen. George B. McClellan at Antietam
This photograph of President Abraham Lincoln and Major General George B. McClellan was taken by Alexander Gardner on October 3, 1862. President Lincoln and Gen. McClellan sit under a tent on the grounds of the Battle of Antietam. The Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862 in northwestern Maryland and is considered the bloodiest day-long battle in American history. The original photograph was an albumen silver print and was published by Mathew Brady.
In this black and white photograph, officials watch in the Oval Office as President William Howard Taft signs a bill making New Mexico the forty-seventh state in the union. This photograph was taken on January 6, 1912.
George Washington Accepts the Surrender of British General Cornwallis
Jean Zuber et Cie
This painting depicts George Washington accepting the surrender of British General Charles Cornwallis in 1781 after the battle of Yorktown. This painting was produced by Jean Zuber et Cie. of Rixheim, France in 1850. Zuber also produced the iconic wallpaper adorning the walls of the Diplomatic Reception Room that was installed by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The room is located on the Ground Floor of the Executive Mansion. Washington served as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He served as president from April 30, 1789 until March 4, 1797.
In this black and white photograph, officials watch as President William Howard Taft signs a bill granting New Mexico statehood. The image is stamped "Clinedinst," probably for Barnett McFee. Clinedinst, a well-known portrait photographer who took photos of multiple presidents.
George Washington Presiding at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States in Philadelphia
Howard Chandler Christy
This painting, completed by Howard Chandler Christy in 1940, depicts President George Washington presiding over the signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Independence Hall. Washington served as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. The first president was in office from April 30, 1789 until March 4, 1797. At the center of the painting, Benjamin Franklin is seen conversing with Alexander Hamilton. Just beyond them, sitting at a table to the right of the canvas, is future president James Madison.
This print of President George Washington taking the oath of office was published by Johnson, Fry and Co. Publishers in New York City in 1859. This drawing was based off of the painting completed by Alonzo Chappel. Washington served as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. The first president was in office from April 30, 1789 until March 4, 1797. The men surrounding President Washington include General Henry Knox, General Friedrich von Steuben, and future president John Adams.
This is a photograph of an inaugural parade, possibly for President Calvin Coolidge. This photograph is from the Herbert E. French collection, at the Library of Congress, which captured life in Washington, D.C. from the Wilson to the Hoover administrations.
Grand Ball at the Inauguration of President Lincoln
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
This is an engraving of President Abraham Lincoln's inaugural ball which took place at a temporary structure on March 4, 1861. This engraving was published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper on March 23, 1861.
President Lincoln and Secretary of State Receive Napoleon
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
This is an illustration, tinted by Hall Baglie, of President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William H. Seward conversing with Prince Napoleon Bonaparte during a performance at a State Dinner in the prince's honor on August 3, 1861. The illustration was published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and was tinted by P. Hall Baglie.
Lincoln's Funeral in the East Room, April 19, 1865
This is an engraving of President Abraham Lincoln's funeral in the East Room. It was published in Harper's Weekly on May 6, 1868, President Lincoln died on April 15, 1865. The catafalque is draped in black cloth and surrounded by senior officials and mourners. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln was added to the scene by the artist, but in reality she did not attend the funeral.
This is an 1861 engraving by Alexander Hay Ritchie, or A. H. Ritchie, of the painting Lady Washington's Reception by Daniel Huntington. First Lady Martha Washington hosts a reception at the President's House in Philadelphia for distinguished guests. Ritchie was a well known engraver of mezzotints featuring historical or allegorical subjects.
This illustration appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper on April 6, 1861. It accompanied a scathing article on the people who would aggressively seek employment or special favors from the president, which was common practice in the 19th century. Any person approved for appointments with the president would seek anything from salaried government appointments to special requests granted. Abraham Lincoln staunchly defended their right to be present in the White House.
President Theodore Roosevelt and Daughter Alice Descend Grand Stairway
New York Journal-American
This is a color illustration tinted by P. Hall Baglie of President Theodore Roosevelt escorting his eldest daughter, Alice Roosevelt, down the Grand Staircase for her wedding to Congressman Nicholas Longworth on February 17, 1906.
This is a photograph of the President-elect William H. Taft riding with First Lady Helen Herron Taft to the swearing in ceremony at the Capitol in 1909. This photograph is from the Herbert E. French collection, of the National Photo Company at the Library of Congress, which captured life in Washington, D.C. from the Wilson to the Hoover administrations.