1861 ABRAHAM LINCOLN Naive Pencil Drawing by his Private Secretary, John Hay For Sale
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1861 ABRAHAM LINCOLN Naive Pencil Drawing by his Private Secretary, John Hay: $2,850
This is an absolute gem. By descent in a family scrapbook containing much other Lincolniana and related material from the family of John Hay.
This is an original sketch in the hand of John Hay, taken impromptu, of Abraham Lincoln resting beside a stump. It was likely during his campaign for the presidency, when he first grew his beard. They appear to have taken a roadside break and he is hard at work perhaps on a campaign speech, diverting his mind with a drawing, or similar.
Quite small, at 3 x 4 inches or so, signed, "Hay" and accompanied by a separate full autograph of John Hay.
John Milton Hay(October 8, 1838– July 1, 1905) began his career as aprivate secretaryand assistant toAbraham Lincoln, Hay's highest office wasUnited States Secretary of Stateunder PresidentsWilliam McKinleyandTheodore Roosevelt.
Born inIndianato ananti-slaveryfamily that moved toIllinoiswhen he was young, Hay showed great potential, and his family sent him toBrown University. After graduation in 1858, Hayread lawin his uncle's office inSpringfield, Illinois, adjacent to that of Lincoln. Hay worked for Lincoln'ssuccessful presidential campaignand became one of his private secretaries at the White House. Throughout theAmerican Civil War, Hay was close to Lincoln and stood by his deathbed after the Presidentwas shotatFord's Theatre.