The Oldest Photos Captured From Each State

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37. Oregon

Photographed here in 1855, Benjamin F. Harding had the distinction of serving as a politician in Oregon before it was a state.

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38. Pennsylvania

The first photographs taken in Pennsylvania are mostly pictures of buildings. This one shows the corner of 2nd and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia and it was taken by Frederick De Bourg Richards in 1850.

We can see several stores, like “William M. Mackin, Tailor”, “Job Printing” and “Maas Card Job Printing Office.”

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39. Rhode Island

Pictured here in 1859 is James F. Simmons, a businessman and politician from Rhode Island who twice served as the United States Senator.

However, he would gain notoriety during his second term as a Senator due to the fact that the Senate considered expelling him for corruption, he would resign before they could make that decision.

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