Frederick Douglass: The Most Photographed American in 19th Century

Frederick Douglass has been designated as the most photographed American in the 19th century.

Zoe Trodd, a professor and chair of American Literature in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham, found this fact out while doing research project for a pair of scholarly projects on the famous abolitionist and working on her book for W.W.Norton. While searching through all of the known photographs of Frederick Douglass, she found that he was the most photographed American of the 19th century, according to her recently published article in the New Haven Register, a daily newspaper published in New Haven, Connecticut.

At least 160 photographs of Douglass have been found since Dr. Trodd started her project.

“General George Armstrong Custer used to be considered the most photographed American of the 1800s with around 155 known photos, following President Abraham Lincoln and the writer Walt Whitman with 130 photos each,” Dr. Trodd said to the New Haven Register.

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