Lost the 1864 Presidential election to President Abraham Lincoln
Governor of New Jersey
(1826-85) Graduated in the West Point class of 1846 and fought in the Mexican War. Hailed at the beginning of the Civil War as the "Young Napoleon," he proved to be a brilliant military organizer, administrator, and trainer of men, but an officer totally lacking in the essential qualities of successful command of large forces in battle. He saw action at Rich Mountain, W.V., in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and at the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American history. He was defeated for the presidency of the U.S. in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln. Served as Governor of New Jersey, 1878-81.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of major general. Imprint on the front mount, J. Gurney & Son, N.Y. Back mark: J. Gurney & Son, 707 Broadway, N.Y. Light age toning and minor corner wear. Very fine.