The distinguished gentleman is this photograph is Frederic Dan Huntington (1819-1904). He was an American clergyman and the first Protestant Episcopal bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York. He was born in Massachusetts and grew up on a farm. He was a graduate of Amherst College as well as Harvard Divinity School. He was the pastor of the South Congregational Church of Boston between 1842 and 1855. He then became a preacher to the University as well a a professor at Harvard. He next became the pastor of the newly established Emanuel Church in Boston. In 1869, he founded the St. John’s School in Manlius, New York. He served as president of the military school. Bishop Huntington was also known as the first president of the Church and for authoring several books. This photograph was taken by the renowned celebrity photographer, Napoleon Sarony. (SOLD)



A minister, wearing his clerical robes and holding a prayer book, poses for his portrait at the A. R. Fowler studio in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The clergyman displays quite a stern appearance in this image. His congregation must have heard some fire and brimstone sermons from this cleric. To view other photographs by A. R. Fowler, and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer Fowler (A. R.).


Sarony, Falk and Mora were photographers known to specialize in photographing famous theatre personalities. Eisenmann is a photographer associated with portraits of circus and sideshow performers. A. & G. Taylor was on of several British photographers known as “Photographers to the Queen”. This cabinet card represents the work of a photographic studio that claimed “Clergymen’s Photographs a Specialty”. The reverse of this cabinet card has an elaborate back stamp of the “Brooklyn Catholic Photo. Co.”. The front of the cabinet card indicates the photographer was Robert McElligott  and that his studio was in New York City, New York. The relationship between McElligott and the Brooklyn Catholic Photo  Company is unknown, and research has not yet been fruitful in obtaining additional information. Hopefully, the vast unpaid research department of the Cabinet Card Gallery knows, or can locate relevant illuminating information about the studio and photo company listed on this cabinet card.  This cabinet card  image presents a portrait featuring a priest in his religious garb. Perhaps  the subject is not a priest but instead someone who holds another type of religious role in the church?

Priest From St. Vincent De Paul in Springfield, Massachusetts


This terrific Cabinet card is a photograph of a priest taken by the Chauncey Moore Studio of Springfield, Massachusetts. The reverse of the card is stamped indicating that duplicates could be obtained from the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. Cabinet card photographs of clergy are not uncommon although this is a nice close-up. Note the fine detail of his clothing. At one time, Moore partnered in a Springfield studio with his brother Hiram C. Moore. To view Hiram Moore’s work, click on the category “Photographer: Moore (Hiram).

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Black Man in Chicago


This distinguished looking black gentleman posed for this photograph at the studio of Huszagh in Chicago, Illinois. Check out the interesting backdrop and props. Note the pattern on the curtain and how his right hand is resting next to a pair of gloves on what seems to be a fur covered table. Do you think that this well dressed gentleman is wearing his best suit or, judging by his attire, do you think he may be a member of the clergy? Let me know your opinion.