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Mayors of the Olden Time

Mayors of the Olden Time
Alexander Gardner, 17 Oct 1821 - 10 Dec 1882
Roger Chew Weightman, 15 Jun 1787 - 02 Feb 1876
William Winston Seaton, 11 Jan 1785 - 16 Jun 1866
Peter Force, 26 Nov 1790 - 23 Jan 1868
Albumen silver print
Image/Sheet: 46.4 × 37 cm (18 1/4 × 14 9/16")
Mount: 56.8 × 40.9 cm (22 3/8 × 16 1/8")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Printed Material\Book
Costume\Dress Accessory\Handkerchief
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Carpet
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Muttonchops
Roger Chew Weightman: Male
Roger Chew Weightman: Military and Intelligence\Soldier
Roger Chew Weightman: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant
Roger Chew Weightman: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor
Peter Force: Male
Peter Force: Communications\Publisher
Peter Force: Communications\Publisher\Newspaper
Peter Force: Education and Scholarship\Scholar\Historian
Peter Force: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\Washington, DC
Peter Force: Education and Scholarship\Scholar\Archivist
William Winston Seaton: Male
William Winston Seaton: Communications\Journalist\Editor\Newspaper editor
William Winston Seaton: Communications\Journalist\Reporter
William Winston Seaton: Military and Intelligence\Militia\Officer
William Winston Seaton: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\Washington, DC
William Winston Seaton: Education and Scholarship\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Treasurer
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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The title of this portrait of three former mayors of Washington, D.C., has an odd ring to it. “The Olden Time” is archaic and gives a sense of remote distance, even though all three men were relatively recent office-holders and were still alive. What Alexander Gardner meant is that they were mayors before the war came and changed everything: the war was a bright dividing line that separated even recent history from the present. From left to right are Roger Chew Weightman (1787–1876), mayor from 1824 to 1827; William Winston Seaton (1785–1866), mayor from 1840 to 1850; and Peter Force (1790–1868), mayor from 1836 to 1840. All three men were also journalists and publishers at various points in their careers.
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National Portrait Gallery