March 7, 2017

A President in Yellowstone: The F. Jay Haynes Photographic by Frank H. Goodyear

By Frank H. Goodyear

At the morning of July 30, 1883, President Chester A. Arthur launched into a visit of old proportions. His vacation spot used to be Yellowstone nationwide Park, verified via an act of Congress simply 11 years previous. No sitting president had ever traveled this some distance west. Arthur’s host and first advisor will be Philip H. Sheridan, the famed Union normal. additionally slated to hitch the excursion was once a tender photographer, Frank Jay Haynes. This elegant—and fascinating—book showcases Haynes’s awesome photographic album from their six-week journey. 

A optimal nineteenth-century panorama photographer, F. Jay Haynes, as he was once identified professionally, initially compiled the leather-bound album as a commemorative piece. As merely six copies are identified to exist, it has not often been visible. The album’s 104 photographs are observed by way of captions written through common Sheridan’s brother, Colonel Michael V. Sheridan, who wrote day-by-day dispatches that have been allotted via the linked Press.

In his informative advent, historian Frank H. Goodyear III offers history in regards to the expedition and explains the ancient and aesthetic value of Haynes’s photos. He then re-creates Arthur’s trip via reintroducing Haynes’s beautiful images—along with Sheridan’s unique captions—including perspectives of the Tetons and different landmarks; photographs of President Arthur, normal Sheridan, and fellow tourists engaged in actions alongside the path; and photographs of the Shoshone and Arapaho leaders who amassed to greet the vacationing party.

Published at the party of the reopening of the Haynes images store in Yellowstone, A President in Yellowstone bargains a special access into the park’s storied prior.

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88 Whatever the case, President Arthur’s and Lincoln traveled together the following week to Long Island, New York, for several days of fishing. 85 In August, Arthur also went fishing in the Catskills, a trip that he had made in summers past with Senator Vest. Despite Vest’s absence on this occasion, he reported having had a good time, though he indicated that there was “no comparison” between the Catskills and Yellowstone. ” 86 At the polls in November 1884, Grover Cleveland, the Democratic governor of New York, prevailed in a close contest against Blaine for the White House.

Limited photographic coverage of their time in the park was a frustrating development. More unsettling to the group, however, were newspaper accounts that a “party of cowboys” had started towards Yellowstone with the intent of kidnapping the president. The Chicago Tribune had first reported about a rumored kidnapping attempt on the day following the group’s departure from Fort Washakie. Because that paper had already misrepresented several aspects of the president’s trip, the story was regarded with a degree of skepticism.

Arthur and Conkling had been longtime friends from their days as part of the “Stalwart” faction of the Republican Party. Although Arthur tried to distance himself from this group in order to demonstrate his political independence during his first year in the White House, he had reached out to Conkling and nominated his friend for the Supreme Court, a post that Conkling ultimately declined. Hatch and Conkling hoped that the president might reach out again to show his support for the Improvement Company.

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