Courtesy of University of Rochester Library, Rare Books and Special Collections.
Like many African Americans, Douglass was frustrated when Reconstruction failed to grant blacks the equal rights they deserved, especially in the South. He nevertheless remained loyal to the Republican party, supporting its candidates throughout his life. This loyalty won him appointment to the highest political offices that any African American had yet held, serving as federal marshal and recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia, president of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, and minister and consul general to Haiti. He also continued to be widely sought as a popular lecturer. This photograph was taken for the frontispiece of Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, New Revised Edition of 1892.