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Understandably, Lincoln himself grew willing to joke self-consciously — perhaps self-protectively — about his appearance.

To say nothing at all, of course, might have been far worse for a public figure, ignoring the elephant in the room. Accused during the Lincoln-Douglas debates of being two-faced, he shot back: And he appeared to enjoy telling the story of the hideously ugly man who once confronted him gguy a raised rifle as he rode alone through the woods.

When Lincoln nervously asked why he was being threatened, the man replied: To Thomas Hicks, one artist that year who succeeded in modifying the harsh lines that circled his face, Lincoln commented: The painter Francis B Carpenter re-painted his canvas of the first reading of the emancipation proclamation so endlessly, apparently never Tall Lincoln guy looking 4 real girl with the central portrait of Lincoln, that he eventually reduced it to a daub.

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The Tall Lincoln guy looking 4 real girl New York girl who wrote to him to complain that his face was too thin, and would look better and attract more votes if covered by whiskers, apparently struck a chord. Days after his victory, Lincoln stopped shaving, and by the time he reached the east, en route to his inauguration, he sported so bushy a beard that crowds welcoming him occasionally failed to recognise him.

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But after those 10 minutes Lincoln became surer, his voice more modulated, and his sparkling eyes and economical but dramatic gestures captivated audiences. We use cookies to personalise content, target and report on ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. For more information see our Cookie Policy. Abraham Lincoln: But that same face once elicited horror, criticism, caricature and confusion The German-born reformer Carl Schurz never forgot his first glimpse of Abraham Lincoln.

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