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

Wheat, Alfred Adams Wheat, Alfred Adams

Biographical Sketch
Born June 13, 1867, in Nashua, NH
Died March 11, 1943, in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia [Supreme Court of the District of Columbia]
Nominated by Herbert Hoover on April 18, 1929, to a new seat created by 45 Stat. 1056; Confirmed by the Senate on May 3, 1929, and received commission on May 3, 1929. Service terminated on June 4, 1930, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Chief Justice, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia [Supreme Court of the District of Columbia]
Nominated by Herbert Hoover on May 14, 1930, to a seat vacated by Walter I. McCoy; Confirmed by the Senate on June 4, 1930, and received commission on June 4, 1930. Assumed senior status on December 31, 1941. Service terminated on May 11, 1943, due to death.

Education:
Dartmouth College, A.B., 1889
Columbian University, LL.B., 1891

Professional Career:
Private practice, New York City, 1893-1922
Special assistant to U.S. attorney general, 1922-1929
Acting Solicitor General of the United States, 1929

Frame Dimensions
46.5" x 36"

Canvas Dimensions
40" x 30"

Overall Condition
Portrait is in excellent condition.

Artist
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.