Today in Photography: March 4

William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was the first president to have his portrait photographed rather than painted by the artist of the moment. After Harrison delivered his inaugural speech on March 4, 1841, he had his formal portrait taken in the Capitol building by Justin E. Moore. Harrison died 31 days after his inauguration from pneumonia. This historically significant portrait was the first of a US president in office, and has since gone missing.

March 4, 1841
First Photograph Taken of US President

William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was the first president to have his portrait photographed rather than painted by the artist of the moment. After Harrison delivered his inaugural speech on March 4, 1841, he had his formal portrait taken in the Capitol building by Justin E. Moore. Harrison died 31 days after his inauguration from pneumonia. This historically significant portrait was the first of a US president in office, and has since gone missing.