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Acc. 2008.315 - Daguerreotype of George Tarry Kennon, circa 1850s

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Identifier: id285720

Scope and Contents

This daguerreotype is of George Tarry Kennon, Surgeon, United States Navy. Kennon served aboard the USS Constellation between 1813 and 1815, possibly serving during both the War of 1812 and the Second Barbary War. The daguerreotype is small, with the image of Kennon barely visible unless one tilts the daguerrotype at an angle. The outside of the case has some gold accents, and the interior features a beautiful purple velvet lining. There are two small hook and eye latches on the exterior of the case which remain intact. The daguerrotype is held within a 3.75 in. x 3.25 in. black leather case with swirling floral designs. Donated on October 7, 1948 by Clara V. Kennon of Valentine, VA, Kennon's granddaughter by his son Richard. Images are available at and For preservation reasons, the daguerreotype is in a small box placed behind other folders.


  • Creation: circa 1850s

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From the Collection: 1.75 Linear Feet


From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository