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

McComas, Louis E. McComas, Louis E.

Dates Served
1893 - 1899

Biographical Sketch
Born 10/28/1846 in near Hagerstown, MD
Died 11/10/1907 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 Benjamin Harrison on December 6, 1892; Confirmed by the Senate on January 25, 1893, and received commission on January 25, 1893. Service terminated on March 3, 1899, due to resignation.

Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by Theodore Roosevelt on December 6, 1892; Confirmed by the Senate on 12/6/1905, and received commission on 12/6/1905. Service terminated on November 10, 1907, due to death.

Education:
Dickinson College, 1866
Read Law, 1868

Professional Career:
Private practice, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1868-1892
Republican candidate for U.S. Rep. from Maryland, 1876
U.S. Representative from Maryland, 1883-1891
Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland, 1890
Private practice, Baltimore, Maryland
U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1899-1905

Frame Dimensions
46.25 x 36.25

Canvas Dimensions
40 x 30

Overall Condition
Good. Canvas has bubbles on left side of frame possibly caused by water damage.

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
1984