Timeline of the Daguerreian Era
- The invention of the daguerreotype by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre is formally
announced in Paris, France.
- William Henry Fox Talbot announces a cameraless photographic process called photogenic
drawing, which creates images of plant forms, lace and other objects placed directly on a sheet of
- In September, the first American daguerreotypes are made in New York City.
- Robert Cornelius makes a daguerreotype self-portrait.
- William Henry Harrison is elected President of the United States.
- William Henry Fox Talbot patents the calotype, or paper negative process.
- President William Henry Harrison dies and is succeeded by John Tyler.
- P. T. Barnum opens the American Museum in New York City.
Greeley begins publishing The New York Tribune.
- Mathew Brady opens a daguerreotype studio in New York City.
- Samuel F. B. Morse sends the first successful telegraph message between Baltimore and
- James Knox Polk is elected President of the United States.
- The Mexican-American War begins.
- Sewing machine is patented by Elias Howe.
- Liberia becomes an independent republic in Africa. (Liberia was founded by the American Colonization Society.)
- Gold is discovered in California.
- The Mexican-American War ends.
- Zachary Taylor is elected President of the United States.
- William and Frederick Langenheim acquire the American rights to Talbot's calotype
- Mathew Brady begins publication of his Gallery of Illustrious Americans.
- Two American photography journals begin, the Daguerreian Art Journal and the
Photographic Art Journal.
- Henry Clay's compromise slavery resolutions are laid before U.S. Senate.
- President Zachary Taylor dies; Millard Fillmore becomes President.
tours the United States.
- Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype, dies.
- Daguerreotypes are exhibited at the Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations held at London's Crystal Palace.
- Franklin Pierce is elected President of the United States.
- James Ambrose Cutting patents the ambrotype process. (In the late 1850s, the ambrotype would replace the daguerreotype.)
- George Eastman, the father of Kodak, is born.
- James Buchanan is elected President of the United States.
- The tintype is patented.
- William and Frederick Langenheim copyright the first paper photographs, stereographs of Eastern U. S. sites.
- Abraham Lincoln is elected President of the United States.
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