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Manuscript Group 461
HARTRANFT-STOCKHAM-SHIREMAN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS
1860-1905
.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: Additional Hartranft materials will be found in the John F. Hartranft-Shireman Family Papers (Manuscript Group 474), the John F. Hartranft Papers, 1853-1897 (Manuscript Group 144), the Governor John F. Hartranft Correspondence and Issues Files in Record Group 10, and the Records of Brevet Major General John Frederick Hartranft as Special Provost Marshal for the Trial and Execution of the Assassins of President Lincoln (National Archives Record Group 393) in the NARA Affiliated Archives.




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