Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inauguration.


Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, 4th March 1865,taken by Alexander Gardner. On 9th April, General Robert E. Lee surrendered, practically ending the American Civil War, and 5 days later Lincoln was killed. His assassin, John Wilkes Booth, is reputed to be in this photo.



Original B&W photo.



John Wilkes Booth?

John Surratt, Conspirator

John Harrison Surratt, Jr

John Harrison Surratt, Jr. was certainly involved in the plot to kidnap Abraham Lincoln in 1864, but there was sufficient doubt in his involvement in Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 that, when extradited from Egypt, after something of a world tour of escaping, in early 1867, he was released on $25,000 bail and the case against him for murder was declared a mistrial. All the other charges relating to the kidnap plot had passed the statute of limitations.

This photo was taken in 1867, while Surratt was on, or awaiting, his trial. He is still wearing the uniform of the Papal Zouaves (Pope’s infantry), with whom he had briefly served while on the run, using the alias John Watson.


John Harrison Surratt, Jr. in Papal Zouave uniform, c. 1867

Original B&W photo from the Brady-Handy Photograph Collection.

Grandfather Trump

Friedrich Trump

Friedrich Trump, grandfather to Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Friedrich was the first Trump to migrate to America, to avoid conscription in his native Germany. This photo was probably taken in 1918, the year of his death at the age of 49. He had become fairly wealthy, in part due to running hotels and restaurants that included prostitution as one of their services.


Friedrich Trump

Original sepia photo.

Oliver Hazard Perry

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American naval commander Oliver Hazard Perry who, among other exploits, led American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie, during the 1812 war against Britain. Before that he had fought in the Barbary Wars, in the Caribbean fighting piracy and the slave trade,

Perry died in 1819, but this engraving, by an unknown official USN artist, is thought to have been made in 1917.


Original engraving.