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

(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.

This March 6, 1865 photo by Henry F. Warren, provided by the Collection Keya Morgan/LincolnImages.com shows the White House with several figures standing in front of it.   (Henry F. Warren)
Photography collector Keya Morgan holds what he believes is a rare, unpublished photograph of Abraham Lincoln.   (Reed Saxon)
This detail of a March 6, 1865 photo provided by the Collection Keya Morgan/LincolnImages.com shows the White House with figures standing in front of it, with a mark showing what may be Abe Lincoln.   (Henry F. Warren)
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