The Abraham & Mary Lincoln Statue in Springfield, Ill.

B. Nash with Abe & Mary Lincoln statue

B. Nash with Abe & Mary Lincoln statue

Just outside of Lincoln’s law office in Springfield, Illinois stands a unique statue of Abraham & Mary Lincoln. Actually the statue is not just of them either-as two of their boys are their with them as well.

Close-up of beardless Lincoln

Close-up of beardless Lincoln

This is prePresidential Lincoln. He is portrayed as the Springfield lawyer Lincoln. He is beardless. His wife Mary is apparently straightening his appearance (did she do that a lot?).
One of the boys-Robert Todd, I think- is waving goodbye.
"Bye mother and father!"

"Bye mother and father!"

The scene depicted is one of a family going about their daily routine. Father (Abe) is going to work.  Mother (Mary) is seeing him off. The boys are doing what they would normally be doing. We don’t have Lincoln the “saint” here. We don’t have “hellcat” Mary. We don’t have spoiled Lincoln children. We have “normal.”
The other interesting thing is that Mary Lincoln is even depicted at all. I’m glad she is. How many statues exist that have both Abraham & Mary Lincoln portrayed?
 
Lincoln's law office

Lincoln's law office

It’s important to note that Lincoln was a family man. We typically don’t think of him in that way. He had a wife and children. He went to work. He played with the kids. He worked around the house. And, yes, he went to the bathroom!-well, the out-house:
Lincoln's outhouse

Lincoln's outhouse

 

Lincoln was a man not a god. He put his pant on the same way we all do. He had the same emotions that we all have. He dearly loved his family. I’m glad to see this statue. Lincoln shouldn’t always be high on a pedestal out of reach to mortals.
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5 Responses to “The Abraham & Mary Lincoln Statue in Springfield, Ill.”

  1. B. Nash says:

    You like that? :)

  2. Nate says:

    The outhouse is a nice touch.

  3. Geoffrey says:

    Enjoyed the post.

  4. B. Nash says:

    Thank you Dave!

  5. Dave Wiegers says:

    You ask the question how many statues portray the Lincoln’s together. Off the top of my head, without going back in my files, there are two. This one and one in Racine, Wisconsin. There are several that show Lincoln and Tad including ones in Kansas City, DesMoines and Rapid City.

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