Catesby Holmes
September 22, 2009

New York City He’s the most written-about president in U.S. history, but AbrahamLincoln remains, for many, more myth than man. The exhibition “Lincoln and New York” atthe New York Historical Society (October 9-March 25,2010), which examines the relationship between America’s 16th chief executiveand its largest metropolis, may bridge the gap. Artifacts, including the lectern fromLincoln’s 1860 Cooper Union speech, iconic portraits, and contemporary newspaper clippings(“He possessed no personal popularity in New York,” wrote Walt Whitman in 1861), makevivid the man, and remind us that the lionized president was once another striving politician.

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