[Daguerreotype of Robert Toombs, Richmond, Virginia, ca. 1854]

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Creator:Jesse Whitehurst, (Richmond)
Title:[Daguerreotype of Robert Toombs, Richmond, Virginia, ca. 1854]

"Richmond, ca. 1854. Daguerreotype portrait of Robert Toombs, the photographer, Jesse Whitehurst was one of the first photographers to have a commercially successful chain of daguerreotype studios. Studios were located in New York City, Baltimore, Richmond, Norfolk, Petersburg, and Lynchburg. The quality of Whitehurst's photographic work was considered among the best available at the time. He was known to have produced images of many famous southern politicians and personalities of the time. This is a daguerreotype with full leather case."--from field notes

2003/7/21: Robert Augustus Toombs was born in Wilkes County, GA on July 2, 1810. He was a lawyer and served as a member of Georgia state house of representatives from 1837-43. He was the U.S. Representative from Georgia's 8th District from 1845 to 1853. Robert Toombs then served as a U.S. Senator from Georgia from 1853-1861. In 1861, he was a delegate to the Georgia secession convention. Then, he was a delegate from Georgia to the Confederate Provisional Congress in 1861-62 where he also served as the Confederate Secretary of State in 1861. He was a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and later served as a delegate to Georgia state constitutional convention in 1877. Known as one of the greatest orators of his time, Robert Toombs fled to Europe at the end of the Civil War to avoid arrest by Union forces. Suspected of involvement in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Toombs was never formally charged. He died in Washington, Wilkes County, GA. on December 15, 1885. Robert Toombs is buried at Rest Haven Cemetery in Washington, GA. Toombs County, GA. is named for him.

Types:Photographs | StillImage
Subjects:Statesmen--Georgia | Politics and government | Portraits | Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885 | United States, Virginia, Richmond, 37.5537575, -77.4602617
Collection:Vanishing Georgia
Institution:Digital Library of Georgia
Contributors:Georgia Archives
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