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

Associated Name: Lincoln, Abraham

Used: Presidents


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Related Publication: Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William Hunt

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: COLL.ALSUIT.005004Accession Number: 27959

Object Name: Abraham Lincoln's office suitsuit

Physical Description: broadcloth (overall material)black (overall color)Measurements: overall on mount: 72 in x 35 in x 12 in; 182.88 cm x 88.9 cm x 30.48 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-d0cb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1359700

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