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Platt Delascus Babbitt

  • Birth 22 May 1823 Lanesborough, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 21 Aug 1879 South Wales, Erie County, New York, USA
  • Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot Garden LN Section 35, Lot 34 space 2 [Unmarked]
  • Memorial ID 25745801

Photographer. Born in Lanesbourough, Massachusetts, he became one of the first daguerreotypists to specialize in tourist photography. In 1853 he opened a permanent studio at Niagara Falls and worked there at Point View and Prospect Point. However his best known image is an early news photo, entitled "Man stranded on rocks in the Niagara River", taken in 1853. The man in the photo, Joseph Avery, fell into the river when his raft overturned; he clung to a rock for nearly 18 hours before being swept away to his death over the falls. Babbitt worked at Niagara Falls for over 25 years and died there, a suicide. He was buried in the lot of his brother-in-law, Charles Rule, at Spring Grove Cemetery. His grave is unmarked.

Parents are (??) William and Hannah Platt ~pjacko

Bio by: K Guy

Gravesite Details 33050 = interment id no personal marker





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  • Originally Created by: K Guy
  • Added: 4 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25745801
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Platt Delascus Babbitt (22 May 1823–21 Aug 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25745801, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .