Portrait of Joseph Herron, Smithsonian Janitor, 1866-1882

ID: SIA RU000371 [SA-669]

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Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1870

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: March 1978, Image No. SA-669

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Summary

From obituary written by Spencer F. Baird: "Joseph B. Herron, a native of the State of Ohio, was born August 7, 1839, at New Cumberland, Tuscarawas County. He was engaged in the military service of his country at the period of the late civil war, having enlisted in 1862, in the 98th Regiment of Ohio Volunteers, at the age of 23 years. It was but a few months after his enrollment in the national defense that he took part in the battle of Perryville, Ky., on which occasion he received a bullet wound through his body, the ball entering the chest on the left side, passing through his lung obliquely, narrowly escaping the heart, and out at his back on the right side of the spinal column, near the right shoulder blade. He unfortunately lay on the battle-field from Wednesday until Saturday before receiving any medical attendance. From the effects of this severe and dangerous wound he never fully recovered. He was, however, restored to a moderate degree of health and strength, and was able to attend to light duties. In 1866, on the recommendation of General J. A. Garfield and General E. E. Eckley, he was appointed by Professor Henry janitor of the Museum at the Smithsonian Institution, which position he held until his death. He was always gentle and courteous in his deportment; and though the injury to his lungs incapacitated him for exerting any special activity, or any great physical effort, he was always punctual and attentive to his duties. He was a member of the Society of the 'Army of the Cumberland,' and of the 'Grand Army of the Republic.' He was one of the Guards of Honor to the remains of President Garfield while they lay at the Capitol in Washington, and accompanied the funeral of the deceased President from this city to Cleveland. In these exertions he probably overtasked his strength; for on returning to this city from the state funeral, he went into a somewhat rapid decline, and though able to walk about his house to the last day of his life, he died rather suddenly of pulmonary consumption at his residence in Washington, on Sunday morning, April 9th at 7 o'clock, at the age of 43 years, after a service in this Institution of sixteen years."

Subject

  • Herron, Joseph 1839-1882
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs

Notes

  • Also known as SIA2008-3013.
  • Original carte-de-visite available in Record Unit 95.
  • Featured in the "Torch," March 1978.

Cite as

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: March 1978, Image No. SA-669

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

  • 1870
  • Circa 1870s

Restrictions & Rights

  • No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
  • No Copyright - United States

Topic

  • Janitors
  • Portraits

Form/Genre

Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU000371 [SA-669]

Physical description

Gelatin silver prints; 10 x 8;

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