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 Alexander Hesler

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Birth
Montreal, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada
Death
5 Jul 1895 (aged 71)
Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial
Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID
88703485 View Source

Photographer. Alexander Hesler, an American photographer, is best remembered for his photographs of United States President Abraham Lincoln. Hesler's family left Canada in 1835, relocating to Vermont where he attended school. By the time he turned twenty, he moved to Racine, Wisconsin and began working in a hardware store. After realizing his main interest was in photography, he moved to Buffalo, New York where he received his training and started his career as a photographer. In early 1849 he moved to Galena, Illinois, but by 1853 felt the lure of the big city, going to Chicago and opening an art studio in the Metropolitan Block. He spent much of his time photographing the upper midwest, including a photograph of Minnehaha Falls, which reportedly inspired Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to write the poem, "Hiawatha." By 1857 he started to concentrate on contemporary themes, which included the upcoming presidential election in 1860. He photographed Abraham Lincoln, without his beard, from 1857 to 1860 and his photograph from an 1860 sitting was used for Lincoln's first presidential campaign. Many of his daguerreotypes are exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution, and his photographs of Lincoln remain some of the best of his works as well most representative of Lincoln at a time of his rise to prominence as United States President. Hesler was considered the preeminent photographer of his day, and his photographs continues to bring large prices at New York auction houses. Northwestern University called him "one of the most prominent and respected photographers of his era." and the Chicago Tribune wrote that "he was for many years the most famous daguerreotypist in the United States."

Photographer. Alexander Hesler, an American photographer, is best remembered for his photographs of United States President Abraham Lincoln. Hesler's family left Canada in 1835, relocating to Vermont where he attended school. By the time he turned twenty, he moved to Racine, Wisconsin and began working in a hardware store. After realizing his main interest was in photography, he moved to Buffalo, New York where he received his training and started his career as a photographer. In early 1849 he moved to Galena, Illinois, but by 1853 felt the lure of the big city, going to Chicago and opening an art studio in the Metropolitan Block. He spent much of his time photographing the upper midwest, including a photograph of Minnehaha Falls, which reportedly inspired Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to write the poem, "Hiawatha." By 1857 he started to concentrate on contemporary themes, which included the upcoming presidential election in 1860. He photographed Abraham Lincoln, without his beard, from 1857 to 1860 and his photograph from an 1860 sitting was used for Lincoln's first presidential campaign. Many of his daguerreotypes are exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution, and his photographs of Lincoln remain some of the best of his works as well most representative of Lincoln at a time of his rise to prominence as United States President. Hesler was considered the preeminent photographer of his day, and his photographs continues to bring large prices at New York auction houses. Northwestern University called him "one of the most prominent and respected photographers of his era." and the Chicago Tribune wrote that "he was for many years the most famous daguerreotypist in the United States."

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Saratoga
  • Added: 18 Apr 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 88703485
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/88703485/alexander-hesler: accessed ), memorial page for Alexander Hesler (12 Jul 1823–5 Jul 1895), Find a Grave Memorial ID 88703485, citing Mound Cemetery, Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .