James PresleyBall (1825-1904)

The daguerreotypist James Presley (J.P.) Ball was born in 1825 in Virginia, probably a freeman.  As a young man he learned daguerreotyping and opened his first studio in Cincinnati, Ohio at age twenty.  The city was a center for anti-slavery activity as well as the … Read MoreJames PresleyBall (1825-1904)