Conrad Heyer

Conrad Heyer

 

A black-and-white photo of Heyer's face

Conrad Heyer, photographed in 1852, aged 103
 Conrad Heyer (1749–1856) was an American farmer and veteran of the Revolutionary War who is notable for possibly being the earliest-born American to have been photographed. During the American Revolution, Heyer fought for the Continental army under the command of George Washington and participated in Washington’s famous crossing of the Deleware before the Battle of Trenton in December 1776.He was discharged in December of 1777. After the war, he returned to Waldoboro, where he made a living as a farmer until his death in 1856. He was buried with full military honors.

 

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