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John E. Russell Daguerreotype, Massachusetts Representative To The 50th Congress For Sale
Wonderful Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of John Edwards Russell, Massachusetts Democrat Representative to the 50th Congress, Wearing a Black Beaver Fur Stove Pipe Hat and a Loud Plaid AscotBow-tie. Image is Housed in a Decent Full Brown Leatherette Case w/ Split Spine and Red Velvet Pad, the Date 1855 Written in Black. The Sticker Containing Russell's Identification was Found w/ the Daguerreotype, and Has Been Laid in the Bottom of the Case for the Next Owner. I Have Included an Image of Russell From Wikipedia Below for Comparison. Biography:John Edwards Russell, politician, was born in Greenfield, Mass., Jan. 20, 1834; son of John and Juliana (Witmer) Russell; grandson of John and Electa (Edwards) Russell, and of Abram and Barbara (Everly) Witmer, and a descendant of John Russell, who immigrated to Boston in 1634, and later settled in Hadley, Mass., and of his son, Philip, whose brother, the Rev. John Russell, concealed the regicide judges for some years in his house at Hadley. Mr. Russell attended no college, but studied with private instructors under his father's supervision. He was married, March 18, 1856, to Caroline, adopted daughter of John and Zibiah (Bigelow) Nelson of Leicester, Mass., and in 1858, with his wife he traveled in South and Central America. For four years line lived in Nicaragua, studying the early history of Central America. He returned to the United States in 1864, and became interested with Benjamin Holladay in mail transportation west of the Mississippi, and in steamship lines from San Francisco to the north, but in 1867 retired from business life and settled on a small estate in Leicester, Mass., belonging to his wife. He interested himself in travel, study and agriculture, and from 1880 to 1886 was secretary of the state board of agriculture, lecturing to farmers' gatherings in all parts of the state. He was a Democratic representative from the tenth Massachusetts district in the 50th congress, 1887-89, served on the committees on foreign affairs and on pensions, and identified himself with the incipient free-trade movement. He refused a re-nomination to congress, but took an active part in the presidential campaign of 1888. In 1889-90 he traveled in Egypt, Asia Minor and Greece, refused the Democratic nomination for governor of Massachusetts, but presided at the state convention and was active in the campaign. He was a delegate-at-large to the Democratic national convention at Chicago in 1892 that nominated Cleveland and Stevenson; participated in the following campaign, and later declined the navy portfolio and the embassy to Italy. He visited Spain in 1893, and that fall was Democratic candidate for governor. He was appointed by President Cleveland in 1895 one of the three persons authorized by an act of congress to confer with a similar commission appointed by the Dominion of Canada, to make inquiry and report on the feasibility of a canal for ocean commerce between the Atlantic and the Great Lakes. Mr. Russell was elected secretary of the commission, and made their report which was the basis of congressional action. The commission served without compensation. Condition:Image was lightly cleaned and resealed with Filmoplast P90 by previous owner, Casey Waters. There are a number of very minor eruption spots in the silvers' surface, most notably near the bottom, and a couple faint mold spiders. A really neat likeness of a historical Massachusetts figure.Image is Housed in a Decent Full Brown Leatherette Case w/ Split Spine and Red Velvet Pad, the Date 1855 Written in Black. The I try my best to describe condition issues, but please rely on the scan below for a complete condition report, as it's large [oversized], and accurate.
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John E. Russell Daguerreotype, Massachusetts Representative To The 50th Congress: $155