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 light-sensitive paper.

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.

Horace 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 Washington.

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 process.

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.

Jenny Lind 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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