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Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
Alexander Hamilton Stephens, 11 Feb 1812 - 4 Mar 1883  Search this
Medium:
Quarter-plate daguerreotype
Dimensions:
Image/Plate: 10.5 x 8.2cm (4 1/8 x 3 1/4")
Case Open: 11.9 x 19.1 x 1.6cm (4 11/16 x 7 1/2 x 5/8")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1846
Exhibition Label:
Born Taliaferro County, Georgia
Alexander H. Stephens was a powerful advocate for southern interests throughout his tenure in Congress (1843–59). Both a Unionist and a steadfast defender of slavery, Stephens endorsed the Compromise of 1850 and was instrumental in winning approval of the Kansas–Nebraska Act. When the Democratic Party split during the 1860 presidential campaign, he supported Stephen Douglas rather than fellow southerner John C. Breckinridge. In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s victory, Stephens counseled against a headlong rush toward secession. However, when delegates from the southern states convened in Montgomery, Alabama, in February 1861 to form the Confederacy, Stephens accepted its vice presidency.
Topic:
Cased object  Search this
Alexander Hamilton Stephens: Male  Search this
Alexander Hamilton Stephens: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Alexander Hamilton Stephens: Communications\Publisher\Newspaper  Search this
Alexander Hamilton Stephens: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Georgia  Search this
Alexander Hamilton Stephens: Politics and Government\Governor\Georgia  Search this
Alexander Hamilton Stephens: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Georgia  Search this
Alexander Hamilton Stephens: Politics and Government\Confederate Vice President  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.97.210
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.97.210