THE CIVIL WAR
Philetus Horace Sawyer

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Description Albumen print on Carte de Visite Mount of Philetus Horace Sawyer.
MARKS: "Gardner,/511 7th St.,Washington."
Year Range from 1864
Event Civil War
Year range to 1865
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Earliest known image of Philetus Sawyer, taken in Washington DC by the famous photographer Alexander Gardner, during the Civil War when he was in Congress. Bust view carte de visite photograph of Congressman Philetus Horace Sawyer wearing dark suit; vest; white shirt; and bow tie. He has dark hair; bald on top, and a short cropped beard with no mustache. Philetus Horace Sawyer was born in Rutland County, Vermont September 22, 1816. He began working as a farm hand at the age of fourteen. When his father moved to Crown point, he came along and worked as a lumberman. In 1841 he married Melvina M. Hadley. They had 3 children that survived to adulthood; Edgar P. Sawyer; Emma Maria Sawyer White; and Erna Malvina Sawyer Goodman. In 1847 he removed to Fond du Lac, WI and owned a farm. In 1849 he removed to Algoma and operated a sawmill on contract. In 1853 he added a sawmill in Fond Du Lac and ran it until 1862. He also purchased large tracts of timberlands. Elected Mayor of Oshkosh 1863-64; US Congress 1864; US Senate 1881 and 1887. Died in Oshkosh March 29, 1900.
Object ID P2000.42.60
Object Name carte de visite
People Sawyer, Philetus Horace
Place Washington, DC
Print size 2 1/2" x 4"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Male
Politicians
Lumbermen
Business people
Pioneers
Title Philetus Horace Sawyer
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