|Photographic copy of a daguerreotype taken in 1843|
Althought other sources content that the first photograph of a sitting United States president was taken of William Henry Harrison on March 4, 1841, Adams sat for the earliest confirmed photograph still in existence of a U.S. president in 1843, a good number of years after Adams’ failed re-election bid in 1828 to Andrew Jackson. The original daguerreotype is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. This image seems to have been captured at Adams's home in Quincy (formerly Braintree), Massachusetts by Philip Haas.
Another is this one, of the same man, taken around the same time. A sixth-plate daguerrotype made of the ex-president at the age of 76:
|A 1970 news report announcing the finding of the Adams daguerreotype, accompanied by an ad for a water-weight reducer (AP/Google News)|