Passport, 1869

Passport, 1869

Usage conditions apply
One of the assumed rights of citizenship is that your government will represent you.
Originally serving as a letter of introduction to foreign governments on behalf of Americans traveling abroad, the very earliest passport was designed by Benjamin Franklin during the War of Independence when he served as minister to France. While regulations have changed over the years, passports are official documents issued by the U.S. Department of State that identify the holder as a citizen. Passport issued to Edmund E. Paulding on June 19, 1869.
Object Name
date made
Fish, Hamilton
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
buff, black (overall color)
overall: 18 in x 11 1/4 in; 45.72 cm x 28.575 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Mrs. Harry C. Lamberton
See more items in
Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object