Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Alexander Stephens Carte de Visite Signed "Alexander H Stephens." 2.5" x 4", with an M.B. Brady & Co., Washington, D.C. and New York imprint on verso. A three quarter portrait of the frail Vice President of the Confederacy. Stephens suffered from illness throughout his life and was plagued by rheumatoid arthritis and back pain. As an adult, he often weighed no more than 100 pounds, despite being 5' 7". The card is captioned: "Entered according to Act of Congress by M.B. Brady & Co. in the year 1865 in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia."

    Alexander Stephens (1812-1883) studied law before being elected to the Georgia Senate. When the Civil War broke out he was chosen by the Confederate Congress to be President Jefferson Davis' vice president. He is most well known for his Cornerstone Speech, given on March 21, 1861, in which he argued that slavery was the natural condition of African Americans and the foundation upon which the Confederacy rested. When the war ended, he was arrested for treason and imprisoned at Fort Warren for five months. However, he would go on to continue his political career and was elected a U.S. Representative, serving from 1873 to 1882. Upon his resignation from Congress, he became Governor of Georgia, but died four months after taking office. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Near fine condition, with only light toning throughout and minor soiling on verso.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2019
    26th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 357

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 43 days left to consign to the 2020 July 12 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search