Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865 is depicted as a railsplitter, a role which his supporters stressed during his first campaign for the presidency in 1860. It is believed to have been painted during the Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 and was shown later at political rallies in Indiana during Lincoln's first campaign.
A full length portrait of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, showing him as a young man, clean shaven, in a white shirt and dark brown "bar door" trousers. He is standing on the banks of the Illinois River splitting rails with maul raised in striking attitude in both uplifted hands. The background of green trees and meadows along the Illinois River. In the background to the right may be seen a visionary view of the White House.
This painting, displayed at presidential campaign rallies in 1860, portrayed Lincoln as a western frontiersman on his way to the White House, visible in the distance. Also depicted is a flatboat, which Lincoln worked on as a young man.