Wikipedia picture of the day for June 20

Benjamin Bristow

Benjamin Bristow (June 20, 1832 – June 22, 1896) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 30th United States secretary of the treasury and the first solicitor general. Historians primarily admire Bristow’s prosecution and shutting down the Whiskey Ring during his term as President Grant‘s treasury secretary. Although a lawyer by trade and having no financial training, he was able to rid the Internal Revenue Service of corruption. This line engraving of Bristow was produced by the Department of the Treasury‘s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) as part of a BEP presentation album of the first 42 secretaries of the treasury.

Engraving credit: Bureau of Engraving and Printing; restored by Andrew Shiva

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