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  • Kathy Nunubizness

    Conrad Heyer, a Revolutionary War Veteran, is thought to be the earliest born person to be photographed. Born in 1749, he was 103 when this photo was taken. He served under George Washington.

  • Jeannine Pinnt

    Conrad Heyer, veteran of the American Revolution, age 103, born 1749. EARLIEST BORN HUMAN ever to be photographed. Thought to have been taken in 1852.

  • Rachel Summers

    Conrad Heyer was born in 1749 and he holds a unique place in American history. That's because he was photographed when he was 103 years old. So that gives him the distinct honor of being earliest born human being ever photographed (until another old photo is discovered).

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Conrad Heyer / By being born in 1749, he be the earliest born human ever photographed. In some small way, this picture is a real connection with that long ago era. What was the world like during Conrad’s youth? The USA wasn’t even an idea yet, the colonies were just that, colonies. You wanted to get around? Walking, horse, or sailing ship was it.

George Washington, born February 22, 1732 ~ First President of the United States of America

The fine gentleman above is Conrad Heyer, taken ca. 1852. He was appx. 103 when photographed, having been born in 1749. He was reportedly the first white child born in Waldoboro, Maine, then a German immigrant community. He served in the Continental Army under George Washington during the Revolutionary War, crossing the Delaware with him & fighting in other major battles. He eventually bought a farm & retired to Waldoboro, where he happily regaled visitors with tales until his death.

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George Washington- velvet and silk ensemble made between 1760 - 1770 in England. In 2001 it was estimated to be valued between $300,000 to $500,000.

Conrad Heyer, a Revolutionary War Veteran, is thought to be the earliest-born person to be photographed. Born in 1749, he was 103 when this photo was taken. He served under George Washington.

*BENJAMIN FRANKLIN's: 18kt gold pocket watch, c.1770. The watch exchanged hands several times. Engraved below the key hole reads: This watch firs owned by: Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790 ? to Timothy Folger 1732-1814 / To Benjamin Franklin Folger / 1769-1836 / to James Athern Folger / 1835-1889

Samuel Downing, age 102 ~ photo taken in 1864 at which time he was one of the few remaining survivors of the American Revolution.