- Item 102774 - Portland Custom House officials under President James Buchanan, ca. 1857
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- Item 102774
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In 1857, incoming U.S. President James Buchanan appointed Saco businessman Moses McDonald as the Custom Collector for the Port of Portland. Sometime after McDonald's appointment, his staff posed for this portrait taken at the studio of local photographer J.R. Burnham. However, Collector McDonald did not sit for this photograph.Show Details
The names, written along the outside of the print have been corrected over the years. They appear below, un-abbreviated, along with their position according to "The Maine Register, For 1857".
Back row, left to right: Charles B. Varney, Benjamin Larabee (occasional inspector), Hollis St. Clair (inspector), Carleton Gardner (Inspector), Freeman Clark (occasional inspector), Charles H. Chase (Inspector), John Short (occasional inspector), Ammi Storer (Inspector at Yarmouth)
Front row: Harris C. Barnes (weigher and gauger), Cushman Hall (Inspector), Charles H. Haskell (inspector), Robert A. Bird (Superintendent of Warehouse), John A. Balkam (Deputy Collector), Samuel Andrews, 2nd (inspector), John Ayers (porter), William G. Chadbourn (weigher and gauger).