This image shows Abraham Lincoln in 1860. It was taken in New York on
February 27 of that year. Lincoln had come to New York to deliver a speech
at Cooper Union, a well-known forum for political speakers. This appearance
represented an excellent opportunity for Lincoln, known mostly for his
well spoken, if unsuccessful, challenge to Stephen Douglas in 1858, to
make himself known in the east. As such, it represented one of the opening
moves of Lincoln's dark-horse candidacy for the Republican nomination.