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Abraham Lincoln's Office Suit

Abraham Lincoln's Office Suit

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Description
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
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Abraham Lincoln's office suit
suit
Associated Name
Lincoln, Abraham
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
ID Number
COLL.ALSUIT.005004
accession number
27959
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. William Hunt
subject
Presidents
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Political and Military History: Political History, Presidential History Collection
Clothing & Accessories
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

Brooks Brothers claims to have made many suits for Lincoln, including one commissioned for his second inauguration (which he also wore the night of his assassination): https://magazine.brooksbrothers.com/dressing-lincoln/
What company made his coat?
Do you know who made this office suit? Are there labels on the garments?Thanks.

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