The Circuit Rider & Helpmeet

Another daguerreotype in my collection. This one of Rev. James Sayre Griffing & his wife Augusta. An 1852 graduate of Wesleyan University, Rev. Griffing was the first Methodist Circuit Rider appointed by the church to preach the gospel in the Kansas-Nebraska Territory when it opened for settlement in 1854. He lived through the Bleeding Kansas days and shouldered his rifle with other Kansas civilians to turn back Gen. Price at the border in the 1864 Battle of Westport.

A Sixth-plate Daguerreotype of Rev. James Sayre Griffing & his wife, Augusta Goodrich. 1855.

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