- Candidate Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
Senator William H. Seward of New York was the front-runner among Republicans, but his supporters could not put together a majority of delegates. On the third ballot, Lincoln emerged as the convention’s compromise candidate.
The Original Casts
In 1888 the 33 supporters of this project presented Volk’s personal copies of the life mask and hands, along with bronze replicas produced by Saint-Gaudens, to the U.S. government for preservation. The donation was made on the condition that “the original plaster casts should never be tampered with.” Any future casts could only be made from the bronze replicas.
Casts of Lincoln
"There is the animal himself!"
—Abraham Lincoln on first seeing the life mask in Volk’s studio