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PORTRAITS & HISTORICAL ART > Prominent Americans

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Authentic antique portraits of prominent Americans

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Colonel Edward D. Baker

Killed at the battle of Ball's Bluff, Virginia in 1861

(1811-61) He read law and was admitted to the bar at the age of 19. A private during the Black Hawk War, he moved to Springfield, Illinois where he became a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln later named his second son, "Eddie," after Baker. Attaining prominence as a great orator, he soon became involved in politics and became a representative of the Illinois general assembly; defeated Lincoln to become a representative in Congress; served in the Mexican War as colonel of...  

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Fisher Ames

United States Congressman from Massachusetts

(1758-1808) Born in Dedham, Mass., he graduated from Harvard College in 1774, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Dedham. He served in the Massachusetts State House of Representatives in 1788, and was a member of the Massachusetts convention that was called for the ratification of the Federal Constitution. Elected as a Pro-Administration candidate for the First through the Third U.S. Congresses and as a Federalist to the Fourth Congress, he served from 1789-1797. He was the...  

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Photograph, Admiral William H. Sims, U.S. Navy

Commander of the Atlantic Destroyer Flotilla in 1913

First Captain of the Battleship U.S.S. Nevada, the most powerful ship in the U.S. Navy in 1916

President of the U.S. Naval War College

Senior U.S. Naval Representative in London during World War I

Vice Admiral in command of all U.S. Naval forces operating in Europe in 1917-1918

Pulitzer Prize Winner for his book, "Victory at Sea"


(1858-1936) Born to American parents in Port Hope, Canada, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1880. In...  

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General Robert E. Lee

(1807-1870) Born at Stratford, in Westmoreland County, Va. Son of the legendary Revolutionary War hero, "Lighthorse Harry" Lee. Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1829 without a single demerit to his name in 4 years! He emerged from the Mexican War with one wound, three brevets for gallantry, a brilliant reputation, and the ever lasting esteem of the commanding General of the U.S.A., Winfield Scott, who said Lee was "the very best soldier that I ever saw in the field." Served as Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy,...  

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John Russell Bartlett

(1805-86) American historian and linguist. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he was one of the founders of the Providence Athenaeum, and was a member of the American Antiquarian Society. In 1842, he helped Albert Gallatin found the American Ethnology Society. Bartlett is well known in the field of lexicography for his "Dictionary of Americanisms," a pioneering work that is still a valuable tool today. He served as the U.S. Boundary Commissioner from 1850-53, and was responsible for surveying the boundary between the United States and Mexico. He...  

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CDV General George Washington

First President of the United States

1862 Civil War dated card


(1732-99) "The Father of Our Country." George Washington was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and served as the first president of the United States.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 1/4 card. Bust view portrait. Backmark: Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by David Nichols, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court, of the District of...  

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Marcus Morton

United States Congressman from Massachusetts

Governor of Massachusetts


(1784-1864) Born in East Freetown, Mass., he graduated from Brown University in 1804. He studied law at Tapping Reeve's law school in Litchfield, Connecticut where he was a schoolmate of John C. Calhoun, who served as a mentor and friend for many years. He was admitted to the Norfolk County bar in 1807, and opened a practice in Taunton, Mass. Was clerk of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1811. He served as a U.S. Congressman from 1817-21. He was Lieutenant...  

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Albert Gallatin

United States Senator & Congressman from Pennsylvania

United States Secretary of the Treasury


(1761-1849) Born in Geneva, in what is now present day Switzerland, he immigrated to America in the 1780's. He was naturalized in Morgantown, Va., and ultimately settled in Pennsylvania. He served as U.S. Senator 1793-94; U.S. Congressman, 1795-1801; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1801-14; U.S. Minister to France, 1816-23; and U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom, 1826-27. Gallatin then settled in New York City, where he helped found New York...  

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Horace Gray, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

(1828-1902) Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he graduated from Harvard, and was admitted to the bar in 1851. In 1864, at the age of 36, Gray became the youngest man appointed to the Massachusetts State Supreme Court, and became the court's chief justice in 1873. President Chester A. Arthur appointed him as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1881, and he served for 24 years resigning due to poor health in 1902.

Antique portrait engraving with printed facsimile signature. 6 x 9 1/4. Executed by Albert Rosenthall, 1899.  

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George W. Curtis

The editor of Harper's Weekly illustrated newspaper

(1824-92) Born in Providence, R.I. He was the editor of Harper's Weekly newspaper from 1863-92. He was also a well known orator and writer for reform including antislavery campaigns, and women's rights and suffrage.

Half view antique portrait executed from a F. Gutekunst image. Image portion, 4 x 5 1/2, overall size is 6 x 9 1/4. Excellent.  

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Christopher Gore

(1758-1827) Born in Boston, he graduated from Harvard in 1776, and promptly enlisted in the Continental artillery regiment of his brother-in-law Thomas Crafts, where he served until 1778. After his military service Gore studied law with John Lowell, and was admitted to the bar in 1778 and commenced practice in Boston. He served in the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1788. President George Washington appointed Gore the first United States Attorney for Massachusetts in 1789 as a reward for his support, and he served in this position until 1796. He served...  

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Preacher Jonathan Edwards

(1703-58) Born in East Windsor, Connecticut Colony. A Christian preacher, he is considered to be America's most important philosophical theologian, and one of its greatest intellectuals. Edwards played a critical role in shaping the First Great Awakening, and was the author of many books. He was the grandfather of Aaron Burr, the 3rd Vice President of the United States, and died from a small pox inoculation in 1758 while serving as president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).

1800's portrait engraving, executed by S.S....  

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