Edgar Philetus Sawyer

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Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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Collection Sawyer Family
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Albumen print on Carte de Visite mount of Edgar Philetus Sawyer
MARKS: J. Wilkens/Photographer/Oshkosh, Wis."
Inscribed: "Edgar Sawyer/Oshkosh/1866"
Year Range from 1866
Year range to 1866
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Earliest known image of Edgar Sawyer. Thumbprint view of Edgar Philetus Sawyer wearing a dark coat, white shirt, and striped tie. Taken when he was 24 years old and still had a full head of hair and no facial hair. Edgar P. Sawyer was born in Crown Point, New York on December 4, 1842, the son of Philetus H. Sawyer and Malvina M. Hadley Sawyer. He came with his family to Wisconsin in 1846 and Algoma in 1848; managed his father's business of Brand & Sawyer Lumber in 1862; partner in 1864; invested in numerous concerns: National Bank of Oshkosh, Oshkosh Gas & Electric, Sawyer Cattle Co. in Texas, and others. Edgar was drafted during the Civil War, according to the Nancy Derby Diary RG62, and paid a commutation fee of $300 so that he would not have to serve in the military. Married Mary Elanor Jewell on October 18, 1864 and had two children, Maria Melvina "Nia" Sawyer Chase and Philetus H. Phil Sawyer. Erected a Second Empire mansion on the site of the current Oshkosh Public Museum in the 1870's; torn down to build the present structure in 1908; donated house to city as a museum in 1922; died in Palm Beach, FL on April 17, 1929.
Object ID P2001.1.4A
Object Name carte de visite
People Sawyer, Edgar Philetus
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 2 1/2" x 4"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Business people
Capitalists & financiers
Title Edgar Philetus Sawyer
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