ca. 1865, [cabinet card of one of the boots worn by John Wilkes Booth during the Assassination of President Lincoln]
via Luminous Lint, Private collection of Graham Pilecki, LL/35130 

ca. 1865, [cabinet card of one of the boots worn by John Wilkes Booth during the Assassination of President Lincoln]

via Luminous Lint, Private collection of Graham Pilecki, LL/35130 

ca. 1884, [tintype portrait of a young James G. Blaine supporter]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1884, [tintype portrait of a young James G. Blaine supporter]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1885, [Ulysses S. Grant and his family & physician, three days before his death from throat cancer], U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Company
via Respiratory Diseases: a Photographic History 1871-1895, The Antiseptic Era, Stanley B. M.D. Burns
On his deathbed, U.S. Grant wrote a note to his doctor:

“I do not sleep, though I sometimes doze a little. If up, I am  talked to, and my efforts to answer cause pain. The  fact is, I think I  am a verb instead of a personal pronoun. A verb is  anything that  signifies to be; to do; or to suffer. I signify all three.”

ca. 1885, [Ulysses S. Grant and his family & physician, three days before his death from throat cancer], U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Company

via Respiratory Diseases: a Photographic History 1871-1895, The Antiseptic Era, Stanley B. M.D. Burns

On his deathbed, U.S. Grant wrote a note to his doctor:

“I do not sleep, though I sometimes doze a little. If up, I am talked to, and my efforts to answer cause pain. The fact is, I think I am a verb instead of a personal pronoun. A verb is anything that signifies to be; to do; or to suffer. I signify all three.”

ca. 1845, [Andrew Jackson at 78 years old, a few months before his death], Edward Anthony 
Andrew Jackson became the first president to be photographed after rising from his sick bed for the opportunity. Later, Mathew Brady included a copy of Anthony’s daguerreotype in his own gallery in New York.
via Iconic Photos Wordpress

ca. 1845, [Andrew Jackson at 78 years old, a few months before his death], Edward Anthony

Andrew Jackson became the first president to be photographed after rising from his sick bed for the opportunity. Later, Mathew Brady included a copy of Anthony’s daguerreotype in his own gallery in New York.

via Iconic Photos Wordpress

ca. 1889,  [Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller administering the oath of  office to Benjamin Harrison on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol]
via the Library of Congress

ca. 1889, [Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller administering the oath of office to Benjamin Harrison on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol]

via the Library of Congress

ca. 1890-1900, [Ida S. McKinley with portrait of husband, President William McKinley], Frances Benjamin Johnston
via the Library of Congress, Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection

ca. 1890-1900, [Ida S. McKinley with portrait of husband, President William McKinley], Frances Benjamin Johnston

via the Library of Congress, Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection

ca. 1885, “U.S. Grant writing his memoirs at Mount McGregor, June 27th”, Howe
via the Library of Congress

ca. 1885, “U.S. Grant writing his memoirs at Mount McGregor, June 27th”, Howe

via the Library of Congress

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