Waugh, Lorenzo 1978-80-41

Unidentified Photographer’s Portrait Photograph of Lorenzo Waugh & Unidentified Child, c. 1895-1900


Photographer:  Unidentified photographer, Worthington Studio

Studio Location: 500 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California.


Name(s): Lorenzo Waugh and Unknown Child

Description: Cabinet card of an elderly Lorenzo Waugh an unidentified infant, possibly a grandchild? Waugh is sitting in a studio chair and is wearing an all-black suit. A chain hangs from his vest. He has a large white beard, and white hair. He is holding the infant, who is wearing a light striped dress.

Biographical Note: Lorenzo Waugh was born on August 28, 1808, near Greenbrier River, West Virginia, in what is now Pocahontas County. In his youth he was acquainted with Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams, and other famous people from the early history of our country. At age 16, he was a teacher in Harrison County. In 1831, he entered the Methodist ministry and taught school in Mason County. Waugh married Clarissa Jane Edsel in 1841. When the health for both of them failed, they traveled over the plains in 1852 to California in an ox teams. Upon their arrival, Waugh experienced some ownership problems with the land upon which he settled. Eventually, General Vallejo presented him with 320 acres of land near Petaluma. (1515 Old Adobe Road) Vallejo has been quoted as saying, “Land is plenty. and it for us, and I have plenty of it yet.” Since no church had been built, their new home was made available for preaching, social and religious gatherings for all in the region. Father Waugh headed the Petaluma temperance movement for many years. He helped organize the California Youth Association in 1859, and urged people to “shun the degrading, ruinous habits of using tobacco and intoxicating drink.” He built the first Methodist Church in Petaluma. He also published a 32-chapter autobiography, 1883 that had five printings Rev. Waugh died on September 5, 1900

Family Affiliation:

Bibliography: http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/13175/lest-we-forget-rev-lorenzo-waugh/


Format / Size: cabinet card, approximately 10.75 x 16.5 cm

Medium: albumen photographic print mounted on cardstock

Description, Obverse: (identify group or individual, gender(s); identify pose, furniture & props; describe composition, background, added color…)

Description, Reverse: N/A

Date: c. 1895-1900

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1978-80-41

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