Is this the face of Jane Harriet Somers Lanphier Stanton, daughter of Methodist minister William Lanphier of Alexandria, Va., and wife of Tennessee congressman and Kansas territorial governor Frederick Perry Stanton (1814-1894)?
So I was told by the person who sold me this 1860s carte de visite by Fischer & Bro., 95 W. Baltimore Street.
I have not yet been able to confirm her identity, so I’ll talk instead about Arthur J. Fischer, peripatetic photographer.
Arthur was the son of Frederick, Maryland druggist George Fischer. In 1860, the family had moved to Baltimore, where Arthur was listed in the census as a photographer.
As with so many Americans, Arthur had an itchy foot. In 1870, he worked in St. Louis, Missouri. By 1880, he had settled down in Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, with wife Alvina and two sons, Arlington Lee Fischer and Arthur J. Fischer, Jr.
After retiring, he lived with his son Arlington in Salem, Ohio, and probably died there.
The Stantons retired to Florida, and are buried in South Lake Weir Cemetery, Marion County, Florida.