(1813-87) Pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church in Brooklyn and an impressive speaker, he had a nation wide influence as an advocate of abolition and women suffrage. Beecher was critical of President Lincoln for not declaring that the aim of the war was the abolition of slavery. After the war, he favored a rapid return of the southern states to the Union and was opposed to the Reconstruction policies and views of the Radical Republicans. His sister was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/2 x 4 1/8 card. Seated view with one arm resting on top of a table at his side. Backmark: J.E. Tilton & Co., 161 Wash. St., Boston. Photographed by Black. Light age toning and wear.