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

Proctor, James McPherson Proctor, James McPherson

Dates Served
1931 - 1948

Biographical Sketch
Born 9/4/1882 in Washington, DC
Died 9/17/1953

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 February 6, 1931; Confirmed by the Senate on February 25, 1931, and received commission on March 2, 1931. Service terminated on 3/5/1948, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by Harry S Truman on February 6, 1931; Confirmed by the Senate on 3/2/1948, and received commission on 3/5/1948. Service terminated on 9/17/1953, due to death.

George Washington University Law School, LL.B., 1904

Professional Career:
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1905-1909
Chief assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1909-1913
Private practice, Washington, DC, 1913-1931
Special assistant U.S. attorney general, Washington, DC, 1929-1931

Frame Dimensions
42" x 36"

Canvas Dimensions
36" x 29.5"

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