Charles Edwin Barber
(1840 - 1917)
Charles Edwin Barber was active/lived in Pennsylvania / England. Charles Barber is known for engraving, medallic art-presidential portraits.
Biography Charles Edwin Barber
Charles Edwin Barber served as the 6th Chief Engraver and Sculptor of the United States Mint. He was born in London in 1840, immigrating with his family to America when he was just 12 years old. His father, William Barber, went to work for the Philadelphia Mint as the assistant to then Chief Engraver James B. Longacre. In 1869, Longacre passed, and William was appointed as his successor. Later that year, William hired Charles, who was untrained and inexperienced, as the assistant engraver. When William died in 1879, engraver George T. Morgan was being considered for the position of Chief Engraver. Many believed Morgan was indeed the most qualified, or at least most talented engraver deserving of the title, but President Rutherford B. Hayes
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