Carte-de-visite portrait of John LeConte, first president of the University of California. Albumen photograph. San Francisco: Morse's Palace of Art, n.d. [circa 1875]. 15.1 x 9.9 cm (6 x 4 inches). Signed sentiment by LeConte (clipped from a letter?) affixed to the recto; LeConte's signature on the verso. When John LeConte (1818-1891), scientist, teacher, professor of physics, and his younger brother Joseph LeConte (1823-1901), scientist, teacher, geologist, heard about the newly forming University of California, they both applied for faculty positions. They were hired in 1868, John in November, the first of the faculty and initially acting President of the University, and Joseph in December ... The LeContes went on to establish outstanding records as teachers and to have a large impact on the new University and science in general. John was chair of physics and acting president of the University of California in 1969 and again became president in 1875 and continued in the dual position until 1881. After that he confined himself to the chair of physics. Photographer's imprint on verso: "Morse's Palace of Art, 417 Montgomery St., San Francisco, Promenade Photographs and Glacè Cards a Specialty." Stock number 249. Mantz, p. 153. Fine. Rare. (#165059).