Judicial Portraits
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Olin, Abram Olin, Abram

Dates Served
1863 - 1879

Biographical Sketch
Born 9/21/1808 in Shaftsbury, VT
Died 7/7/1879 in Sligo, MD

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia [Supreme Court of the District of Columbia]
Nominated by Abraham Lincoln on March 10, 1863; Confirmed by the Senate on March 11, 1863, and received commission on March 11, 1863. Service terminated on January 13, 1879, due to retirement.

Williams College, 1835
Read Law, 1838

Professional Career:
Private practice, Troy, New York, 1838-1856
City recorder, City of Troy, New York, 1844-1852
U.S. Representative from New York, 1857-1863

Frame Dimensions
46.5" x 36.25"

Canvas Dimensions
41" x 30.5"

Overall Condition

Richard C. Henderson was commissioned in 1978 by Judge George Luzerne Hart, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to paint portraits of both sitting and former judges of the District Court. Mr. Henderson painted portraits of deceased judges by studying black and white photographs and talking with friends and family of the judges. Within a five-year period, he produced 23 portraits. At the conclusion of his commission, Mr. Henderson continued to paint portraits and landscapess. He taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, as well as at several private art schools.

Mr. Henderson is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he majored in Art and English. He holds a Master's degree from Vermont College of Norwich University, which is today the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York, working with Daniel Green, a recognized pastelist. Mr. Henderson also studied under Harvey Dinnerstein, one of several artists trained at the Tyler School of Arts at Temple University. Mr. Henderson studied at the Art Students League of New York with Robert Brackman, a Russian artist who become nationally famous after painting the portraits of Charles and Ann Lindbergh, among others.

Year Painted