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Attribution:
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894  Search this
Printer:
Chicago Albumen Works  Search this
Sitter:
John Adams Dix, 24 Jul 1798 - 21 Apr 1879  Search this
Medium:
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Dimensions:
Image: 8.9 × 5.9 cm (3 1/2 × 2 5/16")
Sheet: 12.6 × 10.2 cm (4 15/16 × 4")
Mat: 35.6 × 28 cm (14 × 11")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1861 (printed 2011)
Exhibition Label:
Born Boscawen, New Hampshire
Four southern states had already seceded from the Union by January 15, 1861, when John Adams Dix—a prominent Democrat—assumed the post of treasury secretary in President James Buchanan’s lame-duck administration. Determined to maintain federal authority, Dix sent a dispatch in late January to a treasury official in New Orleans, famously declaring, "If anyone attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot!" When the war began, Dix first accepted appointment as a major general with the New York State volunteers before receiving a commission from President Lincoln at the same rank in the Union army. Deemed too old for battlefield service, Dix was awarded a series of departmental commands in the war’s eastern theater, including that of the Department of the East, where he helped to restore order in New York City following antidraft riots in July 1863.
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Drape  Search this
Weapon\Sword  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Epaulet  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Button\Brass  Search this
John Adams Dix: Male  Search this
John Adams Dix: Politics and Government\US Senator\New York  Search this
John Adams Dix: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
John Adams Dix: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of Treasury  Search this
John Adams Dix: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War  Search this
John Adams Dix: Politics and Government\Governor\New York  Search this
John Adams Dix: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union  Search this
John Adams Dix: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of State  Search this
John Adams Dix: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
John Adams Dix: Military\Army\Officer\Major General  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number:
NPG.81.M267.D1
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.81.M267.D1