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Abraham Lincoln with secretaries John G. Nicolay and John Hay (left), 1863. Photo by Alexander Gardner.


John Hay in his twenties, while serving Abraham Lincoln as his personal secretary. He later became Secretary of State under Teddy Roosevelt. Described by a colleague as “quite young, and looks younger than he is; of a fresh and almost boyish complexion; quite a favorite among the ladies, and with a gift for epigram and repartee.”


President Abraham Lincoln seated between his private secretaries John G. Nicolay and John Hay at a photo session in Alexander Gardner's studio in Washington, D.C., on November 8, 1863. "On this day John Hay wrote in his diary: 'Went with Mrs. Ames to Gardner's Gallery & were soon joined by Nico (John G. Nicolay) and the Prest. We had a great many pictures taken ... some of the Prest. the best I have seen. ... Nico & I immortalized ourselves by having ourselves done in a group with the…


Lincoln in his temporary office in State House ღ Abraham Lincoln used the Governor's Chambers in the State House for his office from part of May, 1860, to December 29, 1860. With him are his secretaries, John G. Nicolay and John Hay. Lincoln is seated at a desk signing a paper.


Miss Helen Hay and her bridesmaids. Miss Hay was the daughter of John Hay who had been private secretary to President Lincoln and later Ambassador to the Court of St. James under President McKinley. Mr. Whitney who, like his father, went to Yale, was 26. For a wedding gift, Col. Payne gave the couple a Stanford White house at 972 Fifth Avenue.