This Shirtless Abraham Lincoln Statue Has People Drooling

Who knew that young Abraham Lincoln was such a hottie? Well, the person who sculpted this statue of him, I guess. But wow, is all I’m saying.

Screenwriter Zack Stentz tweeted a picture of a young, shirtless Honest Abe from the Los Angeles federal courthouse. The statue is barefoot, holding onto a book in one hand, the other hand tucked into the waistband of his pants. You know, just hanging out without a shirt or shoes, like one does in a courthouse.

Along with the picture, Stentz wrote, “Reminder that the Los Angeles federal courthouse has a statue of Abraham Lincoln where he’s a shirtless and barefoot young stud suggestively tugging at his waistband like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.”


Okay so here’s some info on the statue: according to Stentz, it was created in 1939 and installed into the courthouse in 1941.

A Los Angeles Times story reveals that the sculptor was a local, young art student named James Lee Hansen. He was encouraged to enter a contest for public art to decorate the federal building, but he felt uncertain because apparently he’d only ever made one statue before. But he ended submitting a small plaster model right before the deadline.

Hansen won, getting a commission of $7,200 (which translates to about $130,000 today). He carved the eight-foot statue over the next year, using his own body as the model.

When the statue was unveiled in 1941, Hansen claimed he’d made Lincoln semi-nude because “from a sculpturing standpoint, it’s better to show the body without any clothes. That’s why I left ’em off.”

According to a 1940 LIFE Magazine article, there was a small hold up in finishing the statue—Hansen had used to prize money to buy a car, which he crashed and ended up spending 18 days in jail.

There doesn’t seem to be much information on what happened to Hansen after the creation of the statue. The Washington Post reports that there is another sculptor named James Lee Hansen, who lives in the Pacific Northwest and is now in his nineties, but it’s not the same man.

History lesson is over, let’s get to the thirsty reactions from the internet. People on Twitter went nuts for the statue.

One person pointed out that there’s also a sexy Lincoln statue in Chicago.

But not everyone thinks it looks like Abe. It maybe looks like…Tilda Swinton?

This cannot be true.

Someone looked up fan fiction about the statue, and yep, you better believe it exists.

BRB, gotta go check out that fan fic…

h/t: Washington Post and @MuseZack

Dean Altman

Written by Dean Altman

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.