7 1/4 x 9 3/4". Black & white original photograph of Don Lorenzo Hubbell standing by a tree in front of his home in Ganado, Arizona. From his appearance, the photograph most likely was taken ca. 1920. Pencil notations on the verso indicate that Hubbell’s wife is buried near the top of the hill in the background of the image and that the Navajos pictured were very dear to Hubbell. Item #18237
Don Lorenzo Hubbell (November 27, 1853 – November 12, 1930) was a 19th-century trader instrumental in promoting the sale of Navajo art. He was also sheriff of Apache County, Arizona, a member of the Arizona Territorial Legislature, and after statehood a member of the Arizona Senate. He ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1914. He was born John Lorenzo Hubbell, but gradually came to be addressed as "Don", a Spanish term of respect. (NPS) He was born in Parajito, San Miguel County, New Mexico. He died in Ganado, Arizona. He spent his early years as a Spanish interpreter for the U.S. Army. Hubbell started a trading post in 1878 that became very successful financially. He helped many Navajos become economically self-sufficient by showing them the patterns of blankets most likely to sell for a profit. He had an enduring influence on Navajo rugweaving and silversmithing, for he consistently demanded and promoted excellence in craftsmanship. He built a trading empire that included stage and freight lines as well as several trading posts. At various times, Hubbell and his two sons, together or separately, owned 24 trading posts, a wholesale house in Winslow, and other business and ranch properties in Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Beyond question, he was the foremost Navajo trader of his time. He was well respected in the Navajo community for his fair dealings with them. His 1878 trading post, now known as the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, still stands on the Navajo reservation, and is a National Historic Landmark. Another trading post, purchased by Hubbell in Winslow, Arizona in 1921, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He is said to be the only Caucasian buried on Navajo land.