While scanning the news earlier today for articles about Abe, I came across this wonderful story about an Atlantic, Iowa, Abraham Lincoln portrayer. According to the article published in the Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, Iowa), the gentleman in the photo, Lee Williams, is one of the most renowned Lincoln re-enactors.
Mr. Williams performs his show “Lincoln Live” on a part-time basis and has been at it for more than 20 years. He approximates the genuine article’s physical characteristics, coming in a couple of inches shorter and a few pounds heavier, but it’s close enough for approximation. He’s presented his show all around the United States as well as in Russia and Dubai. Mr. Williams found the children of those two countries to be more knowledgeable about Lincoln than most kids in our country. Sad, but not surprising!
In his long career portraying Abe, Williams has won several competitions for his skills and appearance. He has more than 3 hours of materials he can draw from. I did note that he now has a graying beard, so he should probably being dyeing his so he can more accurately resemble Abe.
I like the photo I’ve included here. It’s obviously taken in a way to simulate an antique photo of the real deal, including some blurriness. Clever.
I have to admit, I’ve never before seen a Lincoln portrayer in person, but it seems to me that Lee Williams would be a great bet for an entertaining event.