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Shaler was born in Bridgeport, Conn., the son of Timothy and Sibbel (Warner) Shaler. Like his father, the subject became a sea captain and was engaged in trading enterprises with South America and the Pacific Islands. He was appointed American consul and agent for commerce at Havana in 1810, and various other diplomatic missions followed. This portrait may have been painted by an artist of French origin in Algiers, where Shaler served as consul general from the mid-1810s to the late 1820s.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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