What did Matthew Brady do before becoming a photographer?

Born in upstate New York, Matthew Brady (c. 1823-96) worked in New York City as a clerk in the A. T. Stewart department store and as a manufacturer of jewelry cases.

He opened his first daguerreotype portrait studio at the corner of Broadway and Fulton Street in 1844.

He later became famous for the pictures taken by his corps of Civil War photographers.

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