Abraham Lincoln's Office Suit

Abraham Lincoln wore this black broadcloth coat, vest, and trousers, as his office suit during his presidency. The shirt and tie are reproductions.
Lincoln’s office suit was used in a preliminary study for a posthumous portrait by Boston artist William Morris Hunt. In May 1865 Mary Lincoln sent Thomas Pendel, the White House doorkeeper, to deliver the suit. Pendel, being about the same size as Lincoln, posed in the clothing for the artist. Hunt kept the suit, and in 1894 his widow donated the clothing to the Smithsonian.
Gift of Mrs. William Hunt, 1894
Currently not on view
Object Name
Abraham Lincoln's office suit
Physical Description
broadcloth (overall material)
black (overall color)
overall on mount: 72 in x 35 in x 12 in; 182.88 cm x 88.9 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Clothing & Accessories
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
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Political History: Political History, Presidential History Collection
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. William Hunt
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

8/8/2014 11:04:29 PM
Reignette Chilton
Do you know who made this office suit? Are there labels on the garments? Thanks.
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