Young Abraham Lincoln? Or not?

Pete Longstreet

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Mar 3, 2020
Hartford, CT
Has anyone studied this picture of a young man, who some claim is Lincoln? I came across this image the other day. Some believe it's the first known photo of Lincoln and others say it is not. Thoughts?


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Sergeant Major
Aug 8, 2011
Gettysburg area
Here are a few differences I see (especially comparing the "new" portrait to a clearer version of the known young Lincoln portrait here, as well as other Lincoln portraits on the rest of this Wikipedia page):

The man in the new portrait has a pronounced hump in the bridge of his nose. Lincoln's nose is straighter.

The ears are not quite the same shape, and the ear of the man in the new portrait is more closely attached than Lincoln's.

Their eyebrows are not the same shape.

Pat Answer

Sergeant Major
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Oct 8, 2013
“...somewhere between NY and PA”
No, it looks like the ears of the man in the new photo are lower on hi head relative to the eyes than Lincoln.
That's what struck me most as well, the ears. The nose and cheekbones are off, too.

I would be very surprised to learn the photo is of a younger Lincoln. I don't see it.