I admired this cased ambrotype, along with a smaller, cased tintype (shown at the end of this post), for at least a year, as they sat listed on etsy. The seller mistakenly identified the sitter as William Wallace. He overlooked the next word, which I came to discover was the surname of Hungerford.
William Wallace Hungerford was aged 16 when the above image was captured on January 1, 1861, in Lansing, Michigan. He was the son of a farmer, Lyman Hungerford, and grew to follow in his father’s footsteps. Although I’m sure William’s life wasn’t uneventful, it doesn’t appear to have garnered much attention in the newspapers. That is, until he ran off to live with hoboes.