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Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882) [Group portrait of signers of the Treaty of the Isthmus of Darien]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04383 Author/Creator: Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Photograph signed Date: 13 February 1869 Pagination: 1 albumen : b&w ; 44 x 58 cm.

One group portrait of the Treaty of the Isthmus of Darien's signers dated February 13, 1869. The image was taken by Alexander Gardener. Pictured is Secretary of State William H. Seward, who sits in the center. He holds a document labeled "Treaty - Isthmus of Darien - Feb. 13 1869" in his hand. Below the image are the subjects' signatures. The men photographed are from left to right: William Hogan, R.S. Chilton, F.W. Seward, William H. Seward, [unidentified], [unidentified], George E. Baker, and Thomas C. Cox.

The treaty was to be a preliminary step towards building the Panama Canal, but Seward had difficulty rallying the Senate's support. The area was traditionally known as the Isthmus of Darien.

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