The "Little Giant" opposed Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election
1861 Chicago imprint on the front mount
(1813-1861) An outstanding legislator, and orator, he was one of the founders of the Democratic Party in Illinois. Served as U.S. Senator, 1843-61. He is best known for his debates in 1858 against Abraham Lincoln. He was narrowly defeated for the Democratic nomination for president by Franklin Buchanan in 1856. He did gain the Democratic nomination in 1860, but was defeated for the presidency by his old friend and rival Abraham Lincoln. Upon secession, and the outbreak of the Civil War, he supported Lincoln and his policies. He died of typhoid fever in 1861.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Imprint on the front of the card mount, Douglas' Grave, Born April 23, 1813. Died June 3, 1861. From Carbutt's Gallery, 131 Lake Street, Chicago. Written in pencil on the reverse of the card is "Grave of Senator Stephen A. Douglas taken shortly after his death in 1861." Light age toning and wear. Slightly rounded corners. Very fine.