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Title Wissler, Jacques (James)
Alternate title Wissler, Jacob
Alternate title Weister, Jacob
Date 1806-November 26, 1887
Description Jacques Wissler, "lithographer of the Confederacy," born in Strasbourg, France, in June 1806, was a talented portrait painter who began his career in lithography in Philadelphia working for P.S. Duval from 1849 to 1859. Formally educated until the death of his father in 1815, Wissler entered the employ of premier French lithographer Godefroy Engelmann in 1821 after working in a paper factory. Wissler relocated to Paris in 1825 and remained in the employ of Engelmann. By 1832 he accepted a job as an artist in Guebwiller, Haut Rhin, France. The details of his career and life in France after this point are unknown.
Wissler immigrated to the United States in 1849, where he settled in the Southwark neighborhood of Philadelphia with his family, including his wife Anna Louise (1811-1874) and four children. By 1850 he worked as an artist and lithographer for P.S. Duval, a fellow Frenchman. Philadelphia city directories indicate that he moved several times, living at various Fifteenth Street locations. By July 1860 he had relocated to New York and partnered with lithographer William P. Dreser at 358 Pearl Street. A year later, Wissler traveled south to Richmond for business, where, at the outbreak of Fort Sumter, his lithographing and engraving services were commandeered by the Confederacy. He designed and produced paper money and bonds in the southern capital, despite his Union sympathies. His son, Jacques (b. ca. 1841), was drafted into the Confederate army, and his son Charles served as a commissioned officer in the Union army (b. ca. 1842).
After the war, Wissler purchased and relocated to a farm in Macon, Mississippi, where his son Charles was killed in a raid by the Klu Klux Klan. His family remained in Macon a few years, until settling at 245 Royden Street in Camden, New Jersey where he resided until his death on November 26, 1887.
Is part of Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary of Lithographers
Cited in Census 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880
Appletons Encyclopedia 2001,
Groce & Wallace, 697
Inter Ocean (Illinois), November 27, 1887
Library Company of Philadelphia research File
Merrill, 296
Philadelphia Inquirer, November 28, 1887
Looney, Jacques Wissler, Painter and Printmaker, Imprint (Spring 1982)
The Bulletin of the Camden County Historical Society, March 1970
Trenton Evening Times, December 1, 1887
Location Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary of Lithographers
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