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

Morris, James Ward Morris, James Ward

Dates Served
1939 - 1960

Biographical Sketch
Born 11/14/1890 in Smithfield, NC
Died 11/15/1960

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 23, 1939; Confirmed by the Senate on June 15, 1939, and received commission on June 19, 1939. Service terminated on 11/15/1960, due to death.

Education:
University of North Carolina, A.B., 1912
University of North Carolina School of Law
Read Law, 1913

Professional Career:
Private practice, Tampa, Florida, 1913-1933
U.S. Army, 1917-1919
Special assistant to U.S. attorney general, 1933-1935
Assistant U.S. attorney general, 1935-1939

Frame Dimensions
42.5 x 36.5

Canvas Dimensions
35.5 x 29.5

Overall Condition
Excellent. Frame not backed.

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.

Year Painted
1980