Chief Justice, U. S. Court of Appeals for the 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 January 1, 1905, due to retirement.
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.”