THREE-QUARTER STANDING VIEW OF BEN BUTLER STAFF OFFICER & LATER GOVERNOR OF UTAH – JOHN W. SHAFFER

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CDV is a three-quarter standing view of Shaffer in a dark double-breasted frock coat with colonel’s shoulder straps and dark trousers. He is posed al-la-Napoleon with one had thrust in his coat. His other hand hangs by his side holding his slouch hat.

Contrast and clarity are very good as is the mount and paper.

Reverse bears a photographer’s imprint for KIMBERLY BROS… FORTRESS MONROE. There is also a green 3 cent tax stamp under the imprint along with a collector ID in modern pencil. ID is confirmed by other known images.

John Wilson Shaffer was born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania on July 5, 1827. In 1845 he settled in Freeport, Illinois where he was a merchant. He was active in local politics and was appointed a member of the Chicago Convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln for President in 1860.

On August 3, 1861 he was commissioned captain and assistant quartermaster. He was commissioned colonel and aid-de-camp on the staff of Major General Benjamin Butler on January 30, 1862 and resigned August 26, 1864. He did receive a brevet promotion to brigadier general on March 13, 1865.

In 1870 he was appointed Governor of Utah by President Grant. He died in office on October 31, 1870 and is buried in Freeport, Illinois’ Freeport Cemetery. His obituary stated that “he was an extremely frank, genial gentleman, and a business man of no ordinary capacity.”    [ad][ph:L]

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