On this day in 1849 President James Knox Polk of Tennessee became the first sitting president to have his portrait made through the photographic medium. The image, produced through the daguerreotype process, was made in the Washington City studio of Mathew Brady. Polk realized the power of the printed image and had his photograph made often. Later, Brady would become famous for the images of the American Civil War made by either him or his team of photographers. Enjoy the photo below made on February 14, 1849.
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