Augustus Washington

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Augustus Washington (1820/1821 - June 7, 1875) was an African-American photographer and daguerreotypist, who later in his career emigrated to Liberia. He is one of the few African-American daguerreotypists whose career has been documented. He learned making daguerreotypes during his first year to finance his college education, but had to leave Dartmouth College in 1844 due to increasing debts. He moved to Hartford, Connecticut, teaching black students at a local school and opening a daguerrean studio in 1846.