Lincoln earned the nickname "The Railsplitter" at the time of his
presidential nomination in 1860. The name recalled Lincoln's humble
origins, and it appealed to voters who believed in the opportunities
a free society offered.
An unknown artist used this romantic imagery
to create a larger-than-life portrait of Lincoln that includes a vision
of the White House in the distance - Lincoln's final destination.
This painting embodies the American belief that a common citizen can
rise to lead the nation.
Oil on canvas, artist unknown, 1860