Historical Figures Who Lived Long Enough to Be Photographed (1 of 6)

Frederick Douglass ~ The stern-looking Frederick Douglass was a hero for the abolitionist movement in the 1800s after he escaped slavery in Maryland. This photo was taken some time between 1847 and 1852. Douglass was reportedly very conscious of his public image and wanted to portray himself as an intense, stern character. Well-known nineteenth-century feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton accordingly described Douglass as “majestic in his wrath.”