John A. Kasson (1822-1910)

John Adam Kasson, diplomat and Congressman, was an early leader of the Republican party. When Lincoln was elected, Kasson became the first assistant postmaster-general. He codified laws for postal exchanges between the U.S. and foreign countries. In 1862 he was elected to Congress from Missouri. Because of tensions over Reconstruction, Kasson withdrew from Congress in 1866. In 1877 President Hayes appointed him minister to Austria-Hungary. He served as the U.S. representative to several international conferences. In international affairs he showed a desire to promote peace, to protect weaker peoples, and to enter into closer relations with other countries.

Date:
1865 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Glass Negative Print
Item#:
MES18510
Photographer:
Mathew Brady
Height:
1186px
Width:
783px
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