Autographed carte de visite
Civil War Senator from Iowa
Appointed U.S. Secretary of the Interior by President Lincoln
Father-in-law of Robert Todd Lincoln
(1820-99) Lawyer and head of Iowa Wesleyan University, he served in the U.S. Senate, 1855-65. He was a delegate to the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861, in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war. Harlan was at first considered a moderate on sectional matters, but during the Civil War he allied himself with the more Radical Republicans. He became a loyal supporter of President Abraham Lincoln as war administrator, and also a family intimate; in later years his daughter married Lincoln's eldest son, Robert. Shortly before his assassination, Lincoln appointed him Secretary of the Interior. He held this post under President Andrew Johnson for 14 months, then political differences prompted Harlan's resignation. Harlan won a third Senate term in 1867, and served until 1873. During his Senate years he served as the chairman, of the Committee on Public Lands; and the chairman, of the Committee on the District of Columbia. He also served on the Committee on Education, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. He was the presiding judge of the court of commissioners of the Alabama claims, 1882-1886.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 card. Bottom of the mount is trimmed. Bust view pose. Boldly signed in ink on the front, Jas. Harlan. Backmark: Brady's National Photographic Portrait Galleries, Washington, D.C., and New York. Light age toning and wear. Extremely desirable Lincoln related autographed image. Scarce.