NOTE: Senator Anthony,
Congressman Jenckes and Joseph Bridgham were all graduates of Brown University.
In addition, Joseph Bridgham was married to the daughter of Thomas Jenckes, (Florence
Madeline Jenckes). It can be safely assumed that all three men
were friends and contemporaries. I placed the approximate dates of the covers
between 1863 and 1870, as Senator Bowen served from 1858-1884 and Congressman
Jenckes served from 1863-1871. Much of Brigham's work was commissioned by the
U.S. Government. It is highly probable that Jenckes and Anthony secured some of
this work for him.
1) Henry Bowen Anthony
was born in Coventry, Rhode Island
on April 1, 1815. He attended
private school in Providence and graduated from Brown
University in 1833.
He became the editor of the Providence
Journal in 1838 and later
one of the owners of the paper. He was elected Governor
of Rhode Island in 1849 and 1850,
but declined to run again in 1851 and resumed his work on the Providence
Journal. He was elected as a Republican to the United
States Senate in 1858
and served in that office continuously until his death on September
2, 1884. He is buried in the Swan
Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.
Allen Jenckes was born in Cumberland,
Rhode island on November 2, 1818. He
attended public schools and graduated from Brown
University in Providence in 1838.
He studied law, was admitted to the bar and began his practice
at Providence, RI in 1840. He served
as a clerk in the State Legislature
from 1840 to 1844 and
was Secretary of the State Constitutional
Convention in 1842.
He served as Adjutant General for
the State of Rhode Island from 1845 to 1855
and was a member of the Rhode Island House of
Representatives from 1854 to 1857.
Representative Jenckes was elected
as a Republican to the United States Congress
on March 4, 1863 and served until 1871.
He was defeated in the election of 1870
and returned to his practice of law in 1871. Thomas Jenckes died
in Cumberland, Rhode Island on November 4, 1875
and is interred at the Swan Point Cemetery
in Providence, RI.
Bridgham was born on October 15,
1845 to Samuel Willard
and Eliza Fales Brigham in New York
City. Joseph married Florence
Madeline Jenckes, the daughter
of Congressman Thomas Jenckes on June
18, 1870. He attended Brown
University in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated in 1876
with a degree in architecture.
Joseph's mother was interested in entomology,
(the study of insects) and she passed her passion for
entomology on to her son. Over the years, Joseph began to spend more and more
time in pursuit of this avocation and eventually he abandoned his architectural
career all together and devoted his full time and energies to the study and
illustration of insects with a particular emphasis
on butterflies. (It
is said that Bridgham had one of the most complete collections of butterflies
in the world.) Bridgham enjoyed a reputation as one of the premier
illustrators in the field of
entomology and he was especially know for his drawings of
Joseph Bridgham was employed as an illustrator by the United
Sates Government and at colleges and institutions throughout the world. From 1889
to 1899, he worked with Professor
William Farlow on illustrations of
North American Fungi and also produced illustrations of North
American flowers for Columbia
He also worked with and was a contemporary of Alexander
and son of Louis Agassiz) and Professor
Samuel Henshaw, (entomologist and
Director of Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology).
Joseph Bridgham died
in East Providence, Rhode island on April 12, 1915.