Our Three Great Presidents

After Lincoln’s assassination, prints depicting George Washington and Abraham Lincoln together became popular, the former imagined as the father of the nation, the latter as its savior. This print also celebrates Grant for the role he played in preserving the national unity Washington had fought to establish a little less than a century before. Printed in 1872, it was likely produced to promote the General’s campaign for re-election that year, which he easily won.
James B. Duff was a Pittsburgh lithographer active in the second half of the 19th century. During the Civil War, he was severely injured while fighting in the Pennsylvania 39th Infantry Regiment during the Battle of Chancellorsville. After his recovery, he became a lithographer and established the firm Duff & Wettach with Edward Wettach in 1872. In the 1880s, he worked for Duff Manufacturing of Pittsburgh, which fabricated mechanical products. In the 1890s, he was employed by the US Postal Service.
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Date made
Washington, George
Lincoln, Abraham
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson)
Duff & Wettach
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
image: 24 1/4 in x 21 1/2 in; 61.595 cm x 54.61 cm
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Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
U.S. National Government, executive branch
Chronology: 1870-1879
Uniforms, Military
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National Museum of American History


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