Horatio Seymour (1810-1886)
Plaster cameo and wax mold in leather jewelry case
Overall: 1 7/8 x 1 5/16 x 7/16 in. ( 4.8 x 3.3 x 1.1 cm )
paper label: in box: "Cameo likeness of Horatio Seymour of W... N. York cut by Erastus Doer Palmer of Albany N. York Finished October 10, 1846 from Mrs. Charles S. Fairchild of Cazonovia N. Y. For the Horatio Seymour collection. N.Y. Historical Society
Seymour was born at Pompey Hill, Onondaga County, New York, the son of Henry Seymour and Mary (Forman) Seymour. He studied law in Utica and was admitted to the bar in 1832. He immediately entered the state political arena and served as mayor of Utica and in the state assembly where he was instrumental in the passage of the Erie Canal legislation. He was elected governor of the state in 1852 and 1862, and in 1868 he was the Democratic candidate for the presidency, but lost to Ulysses S. Grant.
Gift of Mrs. Charles Stebbins Fairchild
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