More books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, than any other individual in American history. Even before he was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, Lincoln had been the focus of numerous books. In 2011 the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership constructed a thirty-four foot tower of books about Abraham Lincoln, symbolizing that the last word about this great man will never be written. The three story-high tower contained 6,800 books, representing just a fraction of the more than 15,000 books written about Abraham Lincoln and his Presidency.
“Looking at Lincoln” features a selection of biographies of Abraham Lincoln ranging from early works written during his lifetime right up to more contemporary accounts of his life and career. The exhibition was on view January 26 through June 17, 2016.