In Lincoln's photographs: a complete album, author Lloyd Ostendorf notes about this photograph: "The short haircut was perhaps suggested by Lincoln's barber to facilitate the taking of his life mask by Clark Mills. Lincoln knew from experience how long hair could cling to plaster." "An 1865 stereograph long attributed to Mathew Brady was actually taken by Lewis Emory Walker, a government photographer, about Feb. 1865 and published for him by the E. & H. T. Anthony Co., of New York."
Abraham Lincoln’s angular features, beard and signature top hat gave the 16th president quite a distinctive look. From the daguerreotype that’s the earliest-known photograph of Abraham Lincoln, taken circa 1846-1847, to the portrait that would adorn the United States five-dollar bill for nearly a century, TIME looks back at the many faces of a beloved president.