Inauguration of James Buchanan

Title: Inauguration of James Buchanan
Creator: John Wood
Description: First photograph of an inauguration at the Capitol, which was still under construction in 1857. The stone yard in the foreground was covered with boards to provide a platform for the crowd. The life dates of the photographer, John Wood, are unknown, but he was the photographer for the Architect of the Capitol from 1856 to 1861. Mr. Wood then entered the war as a photographer of maps for McClellan. Another print of this image of Buchanan's inauguration in 1857 is in the photography collection of the Architect of the Capitol.
Date original: March 4, 1857
Person: James Buchanan
Document Type: image
Publication Statement:
Organization location: Image is in the public domain. No known copyright restrictions.
Page Type: Digital Repository Object
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