Born: November 16, 1891
Washington, D.C.

Died: March 12, 1975

Walter M. Bastian

Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Nominated by Harry S. Truman on November 27, 1950; Confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 1950, and received commission on December 22, 1950. Service terminated on 12/15/1954, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit. Nominated by Dwight D. Eisenhower on 9/20/54; Confirmed by the Senate on 12/2/1954, and received commission on 12/3/1954. Assumed senior status on 3/16/1965. Service terminated on 3/12/1975, due to death.

University of Michigan, LL.B., 1867

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 his work producing portraits and landscape paintings. 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.

Professional Career:

First lieutenant, chemical warfare service, World War I
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1915-1950
Lecturer, National University School of Law, 1918-1948

Library of Congress Washington, D.C.

  • Harold Leventhal papers, 1932-1980; 94 linear ft. (80,000 items); finding aid; restricted; correspondence.
  • Elijah Barrett Prettyman papers, 1901-1971; 62 linear ft. (57,000 items); finding aid; correspondence.