Aged Lincoln, before and after the Civil War
These side by side photos of presidents as they came into office, versus how they left office, reveal just how strenuous the highest office in the land is on the man who occupies it. On the left is a 42-year-old man who had just been elected president. He doesn’t look too happy because before he even took office seven states had already seceded from the union
In just over four years in office, Lincoln only knew 44 days without war. Though he was reelected shortly before he was assassinated, one has to wonder what state he would’ve been in had he completed his second term. That man on the right is only 45 (this is Lincoln’s last-known photo), but he looks more like 65.
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