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

Martin Morris
Martin Ferdinand Morris

Dates Served
1893 - 1905

Biographical Sketch
Born December 3, 1834, in Youghal, Ireland
Died September 12, 1909, in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by Grover Cleveland on April 14, 1893, to a new seat authorized by 27 Stat. 434; Confirmed by the Senate on April 15, 1893, and received commission on April 15, 1893. Service terminated on June 30, 1905, due to retirement.

Education:
Georgetown University, 1854
Read law, 1863

Professional Career:
Private practice, Baltimore, Maryland, 1864-1867
Private practice, Washington, DC, 1867-1893
Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1876-1909
Dean, Georgetown University Law Center, 1907

Frame Dimensions
oil on canvas 40" X 30"

Artist
Richard Norris Brooke (1847 - 1920), a native of Warrenton, Virginia, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy and then in Paris with Leon Bonnat, a realist and portrait painter. One of Mr. Brooke's paintings, Pastoral Visit, a portrait of an elderly black minister with a family of his parishioners, was for years one of the most popular paintings at the Corcoran Gallery. Like many other portraits painted by Mr. Brooke, this is considered a sympathetic and dignified depiction of a fellow Southerner, an African-American man, painted in 1880, just years after the Civil War. Brooke viewed blacks as an "integral part of Southern culture and wanted to represent them as such."