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William Frederick Havemeyer (1804-1874)
Date: 1875
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Medium: Charcoal and black and white chalk on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 27 x 23 in. ( 68.6 x 58.4 cm ) mat: 43 3/4 x 39 x 2 1/2 in. ( 111.1 x 99.1 x 6.4 cm )
Description: Portrait
Credit Line: Gift of William F. H. Armstrong
Object Number: 1932.6
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Inscribed: Signed at lower left in white chlak: "Kurtz / 75"

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Havemeyer was born in New York and educated at Columbia University. He made a sizable fortune operating a sugar refinery before beginning a career in politics. He became a member of the Tammany Society and in 1845 was elected to his first term as mayor of New York; he was elected two times more to the office, in 1848 and in 1872. This portrait was a gift to the Society from his grandson.