Arthur St. Clair

Portrait by Charles Willson Peale, 1782—84

QUICK FACTS
BORN:
23 March 1737 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland
  DIED:
31 August 1818 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

  • Along with the 23-year-old George Washington, participated in General Braddock’s march against Fort Duquesne, during the French and Indian War, in 1755.
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Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

 

Charles Willson Peale, despite his devotion to the taxonomic and contemplative majesty of the natural world, nevertheless loved novelties and used all sorts of amusements to attract customers to his museum. He eventually resorted to hiring a popular musical performer who played five different instruments simultaneously, using all parts of his body. Following Peale’s death the museum passed into the enterprising hands of P. T. Barnum, becoming part of his traveling circus — a romantic ending for an Enlightenment institution.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)