Richard Henry Alvey

Born: March 6, 1826
St. Mary`s County, Maryland

Died: September 14, 1906
Hagerstown, Maryland

Richard Henry Alvey

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.

Read law, 1849

Frame Dimensions
Oil on canvas 40″ X 30″

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.”

Professional Career:

Private practice, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1850-1867
Member, Maryland State Legislature, 1867
Delegate, Maryland Constitutional Convention, 1867
Chief judge, Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of Maryland, 1867-1883
Chief justice, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1883-1893
Private practice, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1904-1906