U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Photograph by Mathew Brady
(1808-73) After graduating from Dartmouth, he practiced law in Ohio and became a leader in the Liberty, later Free-Soil, party. Elected to the Senate in 1849, he was chosen Governor of Ohio, representing the new Republican party, in 1855 and served for two terms. He had an extreme anti-slavery viewpoint, which prevented his getting the presidential nomination in 1860. Resigning his Senate seat, he became Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury, serving until July 1864, and was appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in October of that year.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view posing with hand on a book on top of a table at his side with the famous Brady clock and a chair in the background. Imprint on the front mount: Brady & Co., Washington. Backmark: M.B. Brady & Co., National Photographic Portrait Galleries, No. 352 Pennsylvania Av., Washington, D.C. & New York. Excellent image.