Near Johnsburg in Warren County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mathew B. Brady
Civil War Photographer
Matthew Brady was born of Irish immigrant parents and grew up here in Johnsburg off what is today called Pasco Road. Some records suggest that he was actually born here. Youngest of three children, his father was Andrew, his mother was Samantha Julia.
He is perhaps the most celebrated photographer of the nineteenth century becoming known as the father of photojournalism.
Brady studied under portrait painter William Page and then also Samuel B. Morse who was promoting the new innovation of photography, the daguerreotype.
Brady opened his own photography studio in NYC in 1844 and throughout his career photographed thousands of people including: Generals Grant, Lee, Custer, Burnside and Jackson; Clara Barton, Walt Whitman and Mary Todd-Lincoln.
Brady also photographed many presidents of his time. Lincoln stated that public awareness through Brady's photographs of him helped him to become President. Of the many portraits of Lincoln, several have been chosen for the five dollar bill, the Lincoln penny and a ninety cent postage stamp.
Early in the Civil War he was given
Matthew Brady gave much to history but received a meager return. In his later years he became severely depressed due to bankruptcy, the death of his wife (Juliette Handy, m1887) and loss of eyesight.
He died on January 15, 1896 from complications due to a streetcar accident and was buried in Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC paid for by the veterans of the 7th infantry.
Erected by Johnsburg Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Communications • Government & Politics • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Clara Barton, the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1822.
Location. 43° 35.772′ N, 73° 52.121′ W. Marker is near Johnsburg, New York, in Warren County. Marker is on New York State Route 28, 4.6 miles east of New York State Route 8, on the right when Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Johnsburg NY 12843, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cpl. Charles D. Ross (approx. 4.4 miles away); Town Hall (approx. 5.1 miles away); Church of the Good Shepherd (approx. 5.1 miles away); Fowler-Dains House (approx. 5.1 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Bertram E. Murray Memorial Bridge (approx. 7 miles away); Town of Thurman War Memorial (approx. 7.2 miles away); Dedicated in Honor (approx. 7.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Mathew Brady. Mathew Brady is often referred to as the father of photojournalism and is most well known for his documentation of the Civil War. His photographs, and those he commissioned, had a tremendous impact on society at the time of the war, and continue to do so today. He and his employees photographed thousands of images including battlefields, camp life, and portraits of some of the most famous citizens of his time. (Submitted on August 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.