Finding the Biggest Man

At the Illinois Republican Convention in 1860, a local photographer, E. A. Barnwell, decided to seek out the “biggest” man among the convention participants.  He found that the biggest man in both stature and importance was Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln posed for a portrait at Barnwell’s studio.

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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