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Roscoe Conkling

Roscoe Conkling
Unidentified Artist
Roscoe Conkling, 30 Oct 1829 - 18 Apr 1888
c. 1855
Quarter-plate daguerreotype
Sight: 10.7cm x 8.2cm (4 3/16" x 3 1/4")
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table
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Roscoe Conkling: Male
Roscoe Conkling: Politics and Government\US Senator\New York
Roscoe Conkling: Law and Crime\Lawyer
Roscoe Conkling: Politics and Government\Presidential candidate
Roscoe Conkling: Politics and Government\US Congressman\New York
Roscoe Conkling: Politics and Government\Public official\Mayor\Utica, NY
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Roscoe Conkling posed for this daguerreotype around the time of his marriage to Julia Seymour and at the start of his lengthy political career. A skillful orator, Conkling first gained national prominence in 1852 while campaigning for Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott. He supported the rise of the fledgling Republican Party and proved instrumental in building its organization in New York State. After winning election to Congress from Utica (1858), he served three terms before securing a Senate seat (1867). Strongly opposed to the Reconstruction policies of President Rutherford B. Hayes, Conkling saw his influence wane during Hayes’s administration (1877–81).
Roscoe Conkling posó para este daguerrotipo alrededor de la misma época en que se casó con Julia Seymour e inició su larga carrera política. Conkling, habilidoso orador, adquirió protagonismo a nivel nacional en 1852, mientras hacía campaña a favor de Winfield Scott, candidato presidencial del Partido Whig. Apoyó el ascenso del creciente Partido Republicano y fue instrumental en la construcción de su organización en el estado de Nueva York. Tras ganar las elecciones al Congreso de Utica (1858), cumplió tres mandatos antes de asegurarse un escaño en el Senado (1867). La influencia de Conkling, quien se opuso firmemente a las políticas de la Reconstrucción del presidente Rutherford B. Hayes, menguó durante el gobierno de Hayes (1877–1881).
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National Portrait Gallery