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Joseph Gales

Joseph Gales
Artist
Leopold Grozelier, 1830 - 1865
Copy after
George Peter Alexander Healy, 15 Jul 1813 - 24 Jun 1894
Lithographer
S.W. Chandler & Brothers Lithography Company
Publisher
Charles Henry W. Brainard, 1817 - 1885
Sitter
Joseph Gales, Jr., 10 Apr 1786 - 21 Jul 1860
Date
1854
Type
Print
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 41.6 × 33.7 cm (16 3/8 × 13 1/4")
Book closed: 58.7 × 46.3 × 2.8 cm (23 1/8 × 18 1/4 × 1 1/8")
Book open: 58.7 × 93.3 × 3 cm (23 1/8 × 36 3/4 × 1 3/16")
Topic
Book
Illustration
Joseph Gales, Jr.: Male
Joseph Gales, Jr.: Communications\Journalist\Editor\Newspaper
Joseph Gales, Jr.: Communications\Journalist\Reporter
Joseph Gales, Jr.: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\Washington, DC
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.82.75.H
Exhibition Label
Local reporters in Washington, D.C., have long counted Congress among their news beats. Joseph Gales Jr. helped set the standards for such reporting, first as a journalist for the National Intelligencer and Washington Advertiser (founded in 1800), the “first Paper printed in Washington,” and later as its publisher. The newspaper and its offshoots, the Daily National Intelligencer and the Weekly National Intelligencer, were the go-to sources for government proceedings and congressional debates. Gales was also a politician and served as the city’s mayor from 1827 to 1830.
In 1815, Gales purchased land just outside of the city limits for his country estate and later permanent home, naming it Eckington after the English village of his birth. The property was later developed into what is now the Northeast neighborhood of Eckington, where we find two streets named for Gales.
Desde hace mucho, los reporteros de Washington D.C. consideran al Congreso como parte de su territorio de noticias. Joseph Gales Jr. contribuyó a establecer las pautas para dicha labor informativa como periodista del National Intelligencer y Washington Advertiser (fundado en 1800), “primer periódico impreso en Washington”, del cual luego fue editor. Este periódico y sus afiliados, el Daily National Intelligencer y el Weekly National Intelligencer, eran las fuentes de referencia sobre las actividades del gobierno y los debates del Congreso. Gales fue también alcalde de la ciudad de 1827 a 1830.
En 1815, Gales compró tierras a las afueras de la ciudad para hacer su residencia campestre y luego hogar permanente, al que llamó Eckington, como el pueblo inglés donde nació. Más tarde, la propiedad fue urbanizada y hoy es el vecindario de Eckington, al noreste, donde hay dos calles con el nombre de Gales.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery