|Albumen print, Carte-de-visite, ca. 1865|
With C.D. Fredricks' & Co. Broadway, New York studio stamp on mount verso.
Beecher (born in Litchfield, Connecticut) was appointed the first minister of the new Plymouth Congregational Church in Brooklyn, New York in 1847. He became a social reformer, an advocate of women's suffrage and a foe of slavery and bigotry "of all kinds".
During the Civil War his church raised and equipped a volunteer infantry regiment. Beecher pressed Lincoln to emancipate the slaves, and the preacher later undertook a speaking tour of England to undermine support for the South.
Beecher died in 1887 in Brooklyn. Brooklyn declared a day of mourning, and his death was paid tribute to by many local and national figures.