biography of David L. DONALDSON (c.1809-?)

Birth place: Pennsylvania

Addresses: Philadelphia

Profession: Portrait painter

Comments: He is listed in city directories as a portrait painter (1837-45), alderman (1846-55), artist (1857-60, 1862), and ambrotypist (1861). He owned realty valued at $3,800 in 1860, when he was living in Philadelphia with his wife and four children, all native Pennsylvanians. His son, Washington, age 20, was a magician, and his eldest daughter, Augustine (see entry), was an artist.

Sources: G&W; 8 Census (1860), Pa., L, 428; Phila. CD 1835-1862.