There is a slight variant of this image in the George Eastman House, where it is there titled "In the Company of Philadelphia Publishers."
It is possible that this was a meeting prior to the first National Republican convention, which met in Philadelphia on June 17,1856, to build support for John Fremont for the nomination to president. The presence of so many powerful men and the military captain, perhaps an adjunct to Fremont, seem to support this notion. Fremont received 359 votes to 196 for John McLean, on an informal ballot, and on the first formal ballot Fremont was unanimously nominated. In his letter of acceptance, dated July 8,1856, he expressed himself strongly against the extension of slavery and in favor of free labor. A few days after the Philadelphia convention adjourned, a National American convention in New York also nominated him for the presidency. He also accepted their support. Perhaps this meeting also planned this double triumph for Fremont to build support for him in the North. There is at least one NY publisher as well.
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Medium Daguerreotype (Full plate)
Mount in full leatherette case
Photo Date 1856-57 Print Date 1856-57
Dimensions 0 x 0 in. (0 x 0 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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