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J Wade

 (1811 - 1890)
J. H. Wade was active/lived in Ohio.  J Wade is known for itinerant portrait painting, daguerreotype.

Biography   J. Wade

One of Cleveland's early art benefactors, Jeptha Homer Wade was born in Romulus, Seneca County, New York, August 11, 1811.  He received instruction during the early 1830's from the portrait painter Randall Palmer.  He was married to Rebecca Facer in 1832. 

After her early death in 1835, he led a semi-itinerant life, painting portraits in New York and possibly Louisiana.  About 1840, while in Adrian, Michigan, he branched out into the new field of Daguerreotyping and, in 1846 established a studio in Milan, Ohio.  After his studio was destroyed by fire only a year later, he jumped into the burgeoning field of telegraphy and eventually became president of Western Union. 

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