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Portrait of John Thomas Jefferson

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This glossy photograph, printed sometime in the 20th century, depicts a carte de visite. The carte de visite shows John Thomas Jefferson in 1868, when he was about 14 years old. Jefferson had enlisted in the U.S. Navy the year before, when the USS Constitution was serving as a school ship. In this staged portrait, Jefferson is wearing his dress blues, which were appropriate to his rank as 1st Class Boy in the Navy. He also holds a book in his left hand. 

A different uniform that was worn by John Thomas Jefferson is also in the collection of the USS Constitution Museum. It bears evidence of the accident that Jefferson survived while detached to the Albemarle in 1867. To read more about this accident and Jefferson’s life, visit this page.

Date Created
20th century

Medium
Photograph

Dimensions
[H] 6.25 in. [W] 4 in.

Catalog Number
116.2

Credit Line
Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston.

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