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Names:
Other: William Mumler 
Dates:  1832 - 1884
Active:  US
 
  
One of American's great spirit photographers and also a considerable fraud. At the time of national grieving for the terrible losses of the American Civil War he took photographs of people with departed relatives. The most famous of these is his portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln sitting with the departed President standing behind her with his hand affectionately resting on her shoulder. In April 1869 he was tried for fraud and P.T. Barnum testified against him and had the noted New York photographer Abraham Bogardus created a fake to show how it could be done.

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