Abraham Lincoln photograph taken by Samuel G. Alschuler April 25, 1858 Urbana, Illinois

 Abraham Lincoln photograph taken by Samuel G. Alschuler April 25, 1858 Urbana, Illinois

The photographer was Samuel G. Alschuler, a German-Jewish immigrant , who came to America in the 1840’s. He  lent Lincoln his velvet collared coat to wear in the April 25, 1858 photograph. He took a second photograph of Lincoln in Chicago on November 25, 1860.  This photograph was the first one taken with Lincoln growing a beard.Alschuler also took a photograph of Lincoln’s Funeral procession when it passed through Chicago in 1865.

Samuel G. Alschuler is the great grandfather of Jean Powers Soman.

 

 

About Jean Soman

Jean Powers Soman, a Writer, is Co-Editor of the book, A Jewish Colonel in the Civil War, Marcus M. Spiegel of the Ohio Volunteers. ( University of Nebraska Press)
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