Photo is cut to an oval and titled and signed in black ink by the photographer at the bottom of the image.
J. H. Larrabee was a 19th-century American photographer. He was first listed as a daguerreian in Birmingham, NY in 1859 (see Craig's Daguerreian Registry). He advertised as a photograph and ambrotype studio in Mexico, NY in 1861, where he offered "24 photographs for $1". This photo was probably taken at that studio. He began taking cartes-de-visite by the early 1860s, especially of soldiers.
He apparently moved sometime by 1864 or earlier to Kendallville, IN. Kendallsville was home to Camp Mitchell during the Civil War. Two Indiana regiments trained there, the 12th Cavalry and the 129th Infantry. This provided Larrabee with a ready audience for his photography business, as it did in New York state.
Apparently changing his profession, the November 11, 1892 Indianapolis News reported that "J. H. Larrabee, traveling passenger agent of the Ohio & Mississippi, is in the city." He was still in the same position in 1900, according to other newspaper accounts. By the early 1900s, he apparently ran a sporting goods story in Lansing, MI.
Edward Everett (April 11, 1794 – January 15, 1865) was an American politician, pastor, educator, diplomat and orator from Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, the 15th Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain and United States Secretary of State. He also taught at Harvard University and served as its president. He ran for Vice President in 1860 under the Constitutional Union Party, which claimed as its sole principle the preservation of the Union.
Everett was one of the great American orators of the antebellum and Civil War eras. He is often remembered today as the featured orator at the dedication ceremony of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in 1863, where he spoke for over two hours—immediately before President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous, two-minute Gettysburg Address. For his part, Everett was deeply impressed by the concise speech and wrote to Lincoln noting "I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes."
The son of a pastor, Everett was educated at Harvard, and briefly ministered at Boston's Brattle Street Church before taking a teaching job at Harvard. The position included preparatory studies in Europe, so Everett spent two years in studies at the University of Göttingen, and another two years traveling around Europe. At Harvard he taught ancient Greek literature for several years before becoming involved in politics, and began an extensive and popular speaking career. He served ten years in the United States Congress before winning election as Governor of Massachusetts in 1835. As governor he introduced the state Board of Education, the first of its type in the nation.
After being defeated in the 1839 election by one vote, Everett was appointed Minister to Great Britain, serving until 1845. He next became President of Harvard, a job he quickly came to dislike. In 1849 he became an assistant to longtime friend and colleague Daniel Webster, who had been appointed Secretary of State. Upon Webster's death Everett served as Secretary of State for a few months until he was sworn in as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. In the later years of his life Everett traveled, giving speeches all over the country. He supported efforts to maintain the Union before the Civil War, running for Vice President on the Constitutional Union Party ticket in 1860. He was active in supporting the Union effort during the war and supported Lincoln in the 1864 election.
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Medium Salt print from wet plate negative
Photo Date 1861c Print Date 1861c
Dimensions 9-3/4 x 7-3/4 in. (248 x 197 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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