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President William H. Taft with his children, Charlie and Helen, just north of the White House stable before an afternoon ride in the Washington city parks, c. 1909.

President William H. Taft with his children, Charlie and Helen, just north of the White House stable before an afternoon ride in the Washington city parks, c. 1909.

Date of Work
1909
Credit
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE

President William H. Taft with his children, Charlie and Helen, just north of the White House stable before an afternoon ride in the Washington city parks, c. 1909.

German-born medical illustrator Hermann Faber of Philadelphia accompanied the army Surgeon General Joseph Barnes to Lincoln’s bedside. Immediately after the body was removed to the White House, Faber made two pencil sketches of the room and the men present as the president lay dying. General Barnes and Dr. Joseph Janvier Woodward pronounced it accurate. The portrait figures developed subsequently, following Dr. Woodward’s recollection, are 1) Gideon Welles, secretary of the navy; 2) Salmon P. Chase, secretary of the treasury; 3) Robert King Stone, Lincoln’s personal physician; 4) Charles Sumner, U.S. Senator; 5) Charles Crane, assistant surgeon general; 6) Joseph Barnes, surgeon general 7) Major General Henry Halleck; and 8) Edwin M. Stanton, secretary of war.

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