Charles Lanman

(14 June 1819 - 4 March 1895)

Charles Lanman was born at Monroe, Michigan, on June 14, 1819, the son of Charles James Lanman, and the grandson of United States Senator James Lanman. Lanman's early life included newspaper work as editor of the Monroe Gazette in 1845, associate editor of the Cincinnati Chronicle in 1846, and as a member of the editorial staff of the New York Express in 1847. He spent 1835 to 1845, at The Hudson River School in New York, where he met many artists, including Washington Irving. Lanman studied art under Asher B. Durand and at 28 became an elected associate of the National Academy of Design in 1846.

Lanman's career included service as librarian for the U.S. War Department, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the City of Washington Library; head of the returns office in the U.S. Interior Department; private secretary to Senator Daniel Webster; American secretary to the Japanese legation; and assistant assessor for the District of Columbia.

Charles Lanman collected biographies of former and sitting Members of Congress for his Dictionary of the United States Congress, published by J. B. Lippincott & Co. in 1859. This eventually became the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Lanman's published writings include several collections of essays and books, including two biographies.
Private Life of Daniel Webster, (New York and London, 1852)
Life of William Woodbridge, (Washington, 1867).

Lanman frequently exhibited paintings and sketches from nature in oil. He made “sketching trips” to every state east of the Rockies. Many of those early sketches were published in The Illustrated London News and in various American magazines. Among his pictures are:
Brookside and Homestead
Home in the Woods, (1881) and
Frontier Home, (1884). He was called by Washington Irving "the picturesque explorer of the United States".

Written accounts of his own travels and extensive explorations in the United States included:
Essays for Summer Hours, (Boston, 1842)
Letters from a Landscape-Painter, (1845)
A Summer in the Wilderness, Embracing a Canoe Voyage Up the Mississippi and Around Lake Superior, (New York, 1847)
A Tour of the River Saguenay, (Philadelphia and London, 1848)
Letters from the Alleghany Mountains, (New York, 1849)
Haw-ho-noo, or Records of a Tourist, (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo 1850)"
Adventures in the Wilds of the United States and British American Provinces, (2 vols., Philadelphia, 1856, London, 1859)
Red Book of Michigan: A Civil, Military and Biographical History, Detroit, 1871).

Additional works included:
Resources of America, compiled for the Japanese government, (Washington, 1872)
The Japanese in America, (New York and London, 1872)
Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States, (Washington, 1876; 2d ed., revised, New York, 1887)
Life of Octavius Perinehief, (Washington, 1879)
Curious Characters and Pleasant Places, (Edinburgh, 1881)
Leading Men of Japan, (Boston, 1883)
Farthest North, (New York. 1885)
Haphazard Personalities, (Boston, 1886)

He has edited:
The Prison Life of Alfred Ely, (New York, 1862)
Sermons of Rev. Octavius Perinchief, (2 vols., Washington, 1879).
He also produced scientific articles such as The Salmonidae of Eastern Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. en.wikipedia



Lanman (1819–1895)
Dubbed by the famous writer, Washington Irving, the “Picturesque explorer of the United States,” Charles F. Lanman was born in Monroe, Michigan, and went on to establish himself as an important landscape painter in Washington, D.C. Lanman was a student of Asher B. Durand and was strongly influenced by the styles of Thomas Cole, John Frederic Kensett and Frederic Church.

The artist brought his sophisticated Hudson River School style to Washington where he had a wide and profound influence. As William Gerdts records, “The most notable development in Washington painting in the years following the Civil War was the appearance of an increasingly active coterie of landscape painters…The most significant one to settle there at mid-century was Charles Lanman…. With his contemporary, William MacLeod, Lanman introduced the topographical Hudson River School style to the city.”

Lanman was a frequent exhibitor at the National Academy of Design, the Brooklyn Art Association, the American Art Union and the Society of Washington Artists, where he was also an active member. While he never neglected the duties of his art career, Lanman also distinguished himself as private secretary to Daniel Webster, librarian of the White House, secretary to the Japanese Legation in Washington, and cataloguer of W.W. Corcoran’s art collection. Today, Lanman’s paintings can be found in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Dartmouth University Art Gallery, and the Walters Art Museum.

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Author and artist, was born in Monroe, Michigan; son of Charles James Lanman (1769-1870), receiver of public money for the district of Michigan; and grandson of James Lanman, U.S. senator front Connecticut. He attended the Plainfield academy, near Norwich, Connecticut, 1829-35. He was merchant's clerk in an East India house in New York city, 1835-45, and while thus engaged he commenced the study of art under Asher B. Durand.

Among his paintings are:
Brookside and Homestead, (1880)
Home in the Woods, (1881)
Frontier Home, (1884) and a view of
Fujiyama, Japan, which he painted in two weeks, and which was purchased by the Japanese government.

He returned to Monroe, Mich., and was editor of the Gazette, 1845; removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was editor of the Chronicle in 1846; and returning to New York, he was engaged as assistant editor of the Express, 1847-48. He visited Washington, D.C., in 1848, in the interest of that journal and became permanently identified as correspondent of the National Intelligencer. He was librarian of the war department, 1849-50; and librarian of copyrights in the state department, 1850-51, resigning his official positions at Secretary Webster's request in 1851 to become his private secretary in the state department. He was examiner of depositories for the southern states, 1853-55; librarian and chief of the returns office of the department of the interior, 1855-57; librarian of the house of representatives in 1866; secretary of the Japanese legation, 1871-72, and assistant assessor of the District of Columbia in 1885. He was married in 1849 to Adeline Dodge. In 1846 he was elected an associate of the National Academy of Design.

He was an extensive traveller, having visited every state east of the Rocky mountains on sketching trips, and was one of the first artists to produce upon canvas the beauties of many locations, then new to artists, especially in North Carolina and in the Saguenay region of Canada. He edited:
The Prison Life of Alfred Ely, (1862); Sermons of the Rev. Octavius Perinchief (1869). He died in Washington, D.C., March 4, 1895.

Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, ed., Vol. I-X. Boston, The Biographical Society, 1904; Succinct Biographies of Famous Men and Women 1902.

LANMAN, CHARLES, journalist, librarian, author, was born June 14, 1819, in Monroe, Michigan. In 1849, he was librarian of the war department at Washington, D.C.; and in 1850, became the private secretary of Daniel Webster. In 1853, he was examiner of depositaries for the southern states; and in 1855-57, was librarian of the interior department. In 1866, he was librarian of the house of representatives; and during 1871-82, was secretary to the Japanese legation.

He was a frequent contributor to American and English publications, and is the author of:
Essays for Summer Hours, (1842)
A Summer in the Wilderness, (1845)
Letters from a Landscape Painter, (1845)
Adventures of an Angler in Canada, Nova Scotia and the United States, (1848)
A Tour to the River Saguenay, (1848)
Letters from the Alleghany Mountains, (1849)
Haw-ho-noo, or Records of a Tourist, (1850)
Private Life of Daniel Webster, (1852)
Adventures in the Wilds of America, (1856)
Dictionary of Congress, (1858)
Life of William Woodbridge, (1867)
The Red Book of Michigan, (1871)
Resources of America, compiled for the Japanese government (1872)
Biographical Annals of the Civil Govenment of the United States (1876, revised 1887);
Life of Octavius Perinchief, (1879)
Curious Characters and Pleasant Places, (1881)
Leading Men of Japan, (1883)
Farthest North, (1885)
Haphazard Personalities, (1886)
Novelties of American Character
Evenings in my Library.

Accurate and Succinct Biographies of Famous Men and Women in All Walks of Life, Thomas William Herringshaw, ed. ...American Publishers Association, Chicago 1902.

Birth: 14 June 1819, Monroe, Monroe County, Michigan, USA
Death: 4 March 1895, Georgetown, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Editor, Librarian, Author, Artist
Family links:
Parents:
Charles James Lanman (1795-1870)
Marie Jeanne Guie Lanman (1801-1879)
Spouse: Adeline Dodge Lanman (1824-1914)
Siblings: Charles Lanman (1819-1895)
Marianna Chandler Lanman Douw (1826 - 1884)*
Susan Harmer Lanman (1838 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Chapel Hill, Lot 561.

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References:
A Summer in the Wilderness, Embracing a Canoe Voyage Up the Mississippi and Around Lake Superior. Charles Lanman (1847). New York, Philadelphia: D. Appleton & company, G. S. Appleton.

Haw-ho-noo, or, Records of a tourist. Charles Lanman (1850). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo. p. 291.

Adventures in the Wilds of the United States and British American Provinces. Charles Lanman. Philadelphia: A J. W. Moore. Illustrated by the author and Oscar Bessau ... with an appendix by Lieut. Campbell Hardy. (1856).

Red Book of Michigan: A Civil, Military and Biographical History. Charles Lanman (1871). Detroit, Washington: E. B. Smith & company, Philp & Solomons. p. 291.

The Salmonidae of Eastern Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Charles Lanman (1874). "VIII. In Spencer F. Baird. Report of the Commissioner for 1872 and 1873, United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office. pp. Appendix B, pages 219–225.

Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography. James Grant Wilson, John Fiske and Stanley L. Klos, ed. (1887–1889). Six Volumes. (vol. 3). New York: D. Appleton and Company. pp. 613–614.



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