President James Polk and His Cabinet
This daguerreotype by John Plumbe, Jr., of James Knox Polk and all but one of the members of his cabinet, is the first known photograph to be taken inside the White House. Standing are Cave Johnson, postmaster general, and George Bancroft, the Massachusetts historian whom Polk had made secretary of the navy. Seated from the left, are John Y. Mason, attorney general; William L. Marcy, secretary of war; President Polk; and Robert J. Walker, secretary of the treasury (missing is secretary of state James Buchanan).
- 1847 circa 5 years
- Original Format:
- John Plumbe, Jr.
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