Lyon was a member of the Alabama Senate from 1833 to 1834 and from 1876 to 1877. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1835 to 1839 and in the Alabama House of Representatives in 1861.
On back of photograph: "She was (according to legend) a very good woman--a doctor who did not turn anyone away. She used Indian herbs, delivered babies and other sickness--man or woman--black, red or white."
Hearn, a Methodist minister, was appointed a missionary for African Americans in several districts in Alabama. Photo of original daguerreotype in the Cased Photograph Collection, LPP31, #141, image LPP00973.