This album contains a collection of portraits of famous figures, including actors and actresses, Civil War generals, and politicians.
Edgar Spalsbury was born on a farm in Jefferson County, New York in 1835. He grew to become a lawyer at the age of twenty.
During the Civil War, Spalsbury served as a captain in Company C, 35th New York Infantry, and fought in the battle of Bull
Run. After the war, Spalsbury moved west in search a milder climate for his frail health. In 1875, after spending some time
in Chicago, (where according to his nephew George E. Parker, he served as a librarian) Spalsbury moved to Santa Cruz, California,
establishing a law practice in 1876. Successful and popular among the citizens of Santa Cruz, he was elected Justice of the
Peace and dubbed "Judge" by friends and supporters. He died in 1897.