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General John Charles Frémont

Charles Loring Elliott

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor

A western explorer, maverick soldier, and failed politician, John Frémont championed the antislavery cause as the first presidential candidate of the new Republican party in 1856, only to lose to James Buchanan. Appointed by Abraham Lincoln to head the Union army's Department of the West in 1861, Frémont provoked the president's ire when he single-handedly confiscated the property and emancipated the slaves of pro-South Missourians. He considered a second run fro president in 1864—representing Lincoln's Radical Republican opponents within the party.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1857
DIMENSIONS 36 x 29 1/8 in. (91.4 x 74 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Carll H. de Silver Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Charles Loring Elliott (American, 1812-1868). General John Charles Frémont, 1857. Oil on canvas, 36 x 29 1/8 in. (91.4 x 74 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 20.666
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