The Life of Abraham Lincoln (film)

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The Life of Abraham Lincoln  (1915) 
by James Oppenheim
A 1915 silent biographical film about Abraham Lincoln. The 2-reel film was created by James Oppenheim according to copyright records, though what roles he played in the filmmaking are currently unknown. The print shown apparently lacks three title cards which would be at the beginning, but seems otherwise complete.
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"What do you see in that backwoodsman?"

"He may not be handsome, but some day he will be President of the United States."

The proposal.

His wedding day.

"Why, I've been so busy, I've forgotten about it."

Lincoln's wedding,
Nov. 4, 1842.

Home after a term in Congress.

Lincoln lends a helping hand as usual.

On the Circuit with Judge Davis.

Judge DavisCharles Sutton

Although inclined to be melancholy, Lincoln often entertained with humorous stories in the wayside inns.

Lincoln learns that the Republican State Convention of Illinois has recommended him as its choice for U. S. Senator, to oppose Stephen Douglas.

"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this Government cannot endure permanently half slavery and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved. I do not expect the house to fall. But I do expect it will cease to be divided."

The "backwoodsman" gets the confidence of an antagonistic audience, in one of his famous pre-election debates with Douglas.

Lincoln loses the election, due, in a measure, to his radicalism.

"I am looking ahead to 1860."

Decatur, Ill.
May 9, 1860.
The Illinois State Convention nominates Lincoln for the Presidency.

Abraham Lincoln


Nov. 6, 1860.
Lincoln's radicalism this time elects him President of the United States.

Before he leaves Springfield, Ill., for Washington, Lincoln gets news that part of the South has seceded from the Union.

Montgomery, Ala.
Feb. 9, 1861

Abraham Lincoln,
Springfield, Ill.
Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Florida and South Carolina have seceded from the Union and elected Jefferson Davis President of the Confederacy. They are seiging forts, arsenals and arms to be ready for your inauguration.


"The Union must be preserved."

Lincoln's farewell to Springfield.

"Here I have lived a quarter of a century and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my children have been born and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when or whether I may return. There is a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington."

Lincoln receives great news.

In the field at Antietam,


Sept. 1, 1862.

Abraham Lincoln,
Washington, D.C.
We have won the battle of Antietam. The enemy is in retreat, after one of the hardest battles ever fought.

Jan. 1, 1863.
Lincoln and his cabinet.
The Emancipation Proclamation.

Lincoln dreams of victory.

Gettysburg, Pa.
July 3, 1863

Abraham Lincoln,
Washington, D.C.
After three days of big fighting on the field of Gettysburg, we have driven the invaders from our soil. The dead and wounded [...]

Lincoln's famous address at Gettysburg, which although at first considered a failure, now holds a place in classical literature.

The turning of the tide.

Cedar Creek, Va.

Oct. 19, 1864.

Abraham Lincoln,
Washington, D.C.
Rode on here from Winchester and found Union men in demoralized condition. We turned about however and routed the enemy. At close of battle [...]

April 9, 1865.
Lee's surrender to Grant, which virtually ended the war.

April 14, 1865.
Lincoln invites Grant, who has just returned from the war, to attend Ford's theatre with him that evening.

At Ford's theatre.
The deed that robbed the world of its noblest character.

7 A. M. April 15, 1865.
Death came as gently as the spring time sleep of youth.


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