Francis Elias Spinner (1802-1890)

Francis E. Spinner was a U.S. treasurer, congressman, banker, and Democratic politician. He served as a U.S. representative from New York from 1855 until 1861. President Lincoln appointed him treasurer of the United States in 1861 and he served through the Johnson and Grant administrations to 1875. During the Civil War, he began to hire women as clerks because they weren't subject to military service. He paid them well and defended their employment against critics. He is remembered for being the first government administrator to hire women and he continued to do so after the war.

Date:
1875 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES17815
Photographer:
William R. Howell (New York)
Height:
1257px
Width:
758px
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