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Governor John Albion Andrew

Artist:

William Morris Hunt

Location:

Faneuil Hall  

Location

Faneuil Hall
United States
42° 21' 36.1512" N, 71° 3' 22.4784" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Painting

Year:

Unknown

Medium:

Oil on Canvas

Collection:

Funders:

Description:

John Albion Andrew (1818-1867) was the twenty-fifth governor of Massachusetts. The head of the state during the Civil War, the Republican was a strong advocate for emancipation and a  leader among Northern governors in supporting the federal war effort. In the early part of the war, raising troops was a state responsibility, and Andrew was especially quick and energetic in meeting the obligation. He supported enlisting African-American volunteers to serve in the war, and created the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, manned entirely by black soldiers and lead by Colonel Robert Shaw. Shortly after retiring form the governorship, Andrew suffered a stroke and died at the early age of forty-nine. His portrait, which hangs in Faneuil Hall, is by William Morris Hunt (1824-1879).

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