Top 11 Photos That Were Historical Firsts

via Smithsonian Institution

5. Oldest Photograph of a US President

According to The Atlantic, the earliest known photograph of a US President was taken back in 1843, in Washington D.C., using the daguerreotype photography technique. It’s a picture of John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States, 14 years after the end of his presidency.

However, it is thought that the actual first was a picture of William Henry Harrison, but it is long lost.

Adams didn’t really think his photograph was a big deal. In the 1970s the picture was purchased for just 50 cents, from an antique store. Nowadays, it can be found in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

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