More has been written about Abraham Lincoln than any other single American politician. He is one of those world historical men who straddle the ages. An Elizabethan in manner and speech, he was never-the-less a modern. Henry Menken, always very sparing in his praise of men, considered him the solar myth of the American idea. From what I have been able to gather about Lincoln's voice, Daniel Day Lewis in the new Steven Spielberg film, “Lincoln,” has it down perfectly.
And the film shows him laughing. Oddly, there are no pictures of Lincoln, the most mirthful of men, smiling or laughing.