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Why Is Lincoln Beardless?

 
 
Why Is Lincoln Beardless? Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 15, 2012
1. Why Is Lincoln Beardless? Marker
Inscription.

This monument depicts Abraham Lincoln as he appeared in the late 1850s. In the fall of 1860, a few weeks before he was elected to the Presidency, Lincoln received a letter from Grace Bedell, an 11-year-old girl from Westfield, New York. In her letter, dated October 15, 1860, young Grace urged Lincoln to grow a beard to improve his appearance to help him get elected. Lincoln responded in a letter on October 19, 1860, making no promises; however, less than a month later he began growing a beard.
 
Erected 2008.
 
Location. 38° 19.05′ N, 88° 54.482′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Illinois, in Jefferson County. Marker is on 14th Street north of Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Vernon IL 62864, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon (here, next to this marker); Appellate Courthouse (here, next to this marker); The Illinois Supreme Court in Mt. Vernon (here, next to this marker); State of Illinois v. Illinois Central Railroad (here, next to this marker); Attorney Abraham Lincoln
Why Is Lincoln Beardless? Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 15, 2012
2. Why Is Lincoln Beardless? Marker
At base of statue
(here, next to this marker); War Memorial (approx. mile away); Women Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
Also see . . .  Letters Between Abraham Lincoln and Grace Bedell. (Submitted on December 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
The Beardless Lincoln Statue Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 15, 2012
3. The Beardless Lincoln Statue Detail
Alan Cottrill, scupltor
Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Half-length portrait, seated, facing front image. Click for full size.
By Preston Butler, August 13, 1860
4. Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Half-length portrait, seated, facing front
According to the Library of Congress' notes for this image, this is thought to be the last photograph of Lincoln without a beard.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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