Manuscript Group 461
HARTRANFT-STOCKHAM-SHIREMAN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS
.5 cubic feet
John F. Hartranft served as Governor of Pennsylvania, 1872-1879. Born in Montgomery
County, Pennsylvania in 1830, he served both in local government and the local
militia, and raised a regiment of Montgomery County militia in April of 1861 to
serve in the Civil War. Hartranft was later named Colonel of the 51st Regiment
Volunteer Infantry, participating in several major battles, and rose to the rank
of Brigadier General. Following the Civil War, Hartranft was appointed Special
Provost Marshall, and given responsibility for the care and final execution of
the conspirators convicted in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Hartranft became Auditor General of Pennsylvania in 1865, serving two terms, and
was elected as Governor of Pennsylvania in 1872. As Governor, he was involved
in the ratification of a new state constitution, the Centennial of Pennsylvania,
and such labor issues as railroad strikes and the trials of the Molly Maguires.
Following his years as governor, Hartranft was active in various organizations,
and was appointed Major General commanding the Pennsylvania National Guard. He
died on October 17, 1889.
The collection consists of copies of original photographs relating to the life
and career of John F. Hartranft. These photographs are arranged in numerical order,
and a descriptive list is available. Subjects include:
Major General John F. Hartranft in full uniform
Major General John F. Hartranft and his staff of military officers
Governor John F. Hartranft
Hartranft Monument, Norristown, Pa.
Equestrian Statue of Hartranft, State Capitol, Harrisburg, Pa.
Dedication of Hartranft Statue, Harrisburg, Pa., 1899