Famous Lincoln Portrait to be Presented at Jefferson County Courthouse

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photo will be presented to the Jefferson County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 13. The unveiling ceremony will be at 11:30 Wednesday morning, and it is open to the public.

The photo of Lincoln was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler in 1860 for Lincoln’s presidential campaign. Historians consider the portrait as one of the best taken of Lincoln before his presidency.

The permanent installation is being made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and their respective foundations, the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation. They are partnering with the Illinois State Historical Society, who is leading a campaign to place a framed copy of the photo in a courthouse of each of Illinois’ 102 counties in commemoration of the state’s Bicentennial.