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A President in Yellowstone


A President in Yellowstone: The F. Jay Haynes Photographic Album of Chester Arthur's 1883 Expedition,
Frank H. Goodyear III,
192 pages, hardcover:
University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.

No sitting president had traveled so far west before President Chester A. Arthur joined an expedition to Yellowstone National Park in 1883. Frank Jay Haynes, a young photographer from Fargo, Dakota Territory, accompanied the party, led by Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, to record the landscapes and people they encountered. Gen. Sheridan's brother, Michael Sheridan, wrote daily reports for the Associated Press. A President in Yellowstone, by Frank H. Goodyear III, a historian and the co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, offers a rare glimpse of these images and stories, which were originally collected in a few limited commemorative albums. An elegant introduction provides historical context.