Image description: Beginnings of a beard. This is the earliest photograph of Lincoln that shows the legendary President with his iconic beard. After his November 6, 1860 election, he began to let it grow, perhaps on the advice of an eleven-year-old girl. Less than three weeks after his victory, he sat for this portrait by Samuel G. Altschuler. Abraham Lincoln was born on this day in 1809.
Image from the Library of Congress.