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John Forney

Davis W Clark (1812-1871)

Washington Irving

Edwin Booth

J. Wilkes

William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant

Man reading newspaper

George W. Curtis (1824-1892)

T. D. Rice -  "Jump Jim Crow"


R. W. Emerson

Bret Harte (1836-1902)

William Prescott (1726-1795)

Becomes the leading minstrel show actor with his racist portrayal of the slave “Jump Jim Crow.”

Salmon Chase

David Atwood

Novelist, lecturer, pro-emancipation.

Mark Twain

W.D. Howells

James Fennimore Cooper

Nathaniel Willis (1806-1867)

​Photography Book

Poet, “the American Byron,” member of  Knickerbocker Group (Cooper, Irving, Bryant), secretary to JJ Astor and given annuity at his death, satirist, Lincoln reads him.


Charles Dana

William Cullen Bryant

Salmon Chase

Prominent Men Outside Politics

Bennett J. Gordon

Born in Maine, Yale, sister is Fanny Fern, follows father into journalism, fame & wealth as foreign correspondent, also poetry and theater, employs the ex-slave Harriet Jacobs who accuses him of being pro-slavery in her memoirs, runs many publications in NYC, Home Journal, circle includes Poe, Longworth, Thackeray, Dickens, others.

William Cullen Bryant


Henry David Thoreau

Nathaniel Hawthorne

John Greenleaf Whittier

James Harper (Harpers Weekly)

Ten baseball players circa 1907 on the “Au Fait” (at home) team.

Horace Greeley

Walter Whitman

Youngest Booth son, theater manager, role as Cassius with brothers in Julius Caesar, falsely imprisoned briefly after Lincoln assassinated.

After rivaling Edmund Keane on the London stage, he comes to America in 1821 and wins acclaim as Richard III. Despite alcoholism and a violent temper, he deliver over 3,000 performances. His three sons follow him on stage, with Edwin the leading tragedian of the time and John Wilkes reviled as Lincoln’s assassin.

R. W. Emerson collage

Baseball Team

Junius Booth Junior

Benjamin Wood (1820-1900)

Edgar Allan Poe

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Junius Brutus Booth Senior

Fitz Green Halleck (1790-1867)