Photo May Be Last Taken of Lincoln

Grant descendant found pic in private album of Ulysses S.
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 10, 2009 7:55 AM CDT
This March 6, 1865 photo by Henry F. Warren, provided by the Collection Keya Morgan/ shows the White House with several figures standing in front of it.    (Henry F. Warren)
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(Newser) – A photograph from a private album of Ulysses S. Grant may show Abraham Lincoln in front of the White House and could be the last image taken of him before he was assassinated, a collector believes. If it is indeed Lincoln, it would be the only known photo of the 16th president in front of the executive mansion and a rarity—only about 130 photos of him are known to exist.

Grant's great-great-grandson, Ulysses S. Grant VI, had seen the picture before, but didn't examine it closely until late January. A tall figure in the distance caught his eye, although its face was obscured. A photography collector and Lincoln aficionado helped identify it as Lincoln. Although authenticating the 2 1/2-by-3 1/2-inch photo could be difficult, several historians who saw it said the evidence supporting the claim is believable.