Harrison H. Riddleberger is the subject of this portrait, taken between 1870 and 1880. Riddleberger was a prominent Readjuster politician in the Senate of Virginia who sponsored the Riddleberger Act of 1882, which settled the contentious debt issue in Reconstruction-era Virginia. Riddleberger served in the U.S. Senate from March 1883 until March 1889.
This glass-plate image is part of the Brady-Handy Collection of negatives at the Library of Congress. The collection combines the work of Mathew B. Brady and his nephew Levin D. Handy, who ran several photographic studios in Washington, D.C. The majority of the negatives are portraits taken during and after the Civil War, but the collection also includes views of Washington, D.C.