Born:  1940
New York, New York

Harry Thomas Edwards

Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit. Nominated by Jimmy Carter on December 6, 1979, to a seat vacated by David L. Bazelon; Confirmed by the Senate on February 20, 1980, and received commission on February 20, 1980. Served as chief judge, 1994-2001. Assumed senior status on November 3, 2005.

Cornell University, B.S., 1962
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1965

Portrait Ceremony
Transcript of ceremony: November 4, 2005

Frame Dimensions
Oil on canvas 42″ X 34″

Simmie Knox (1935 – ) A native of Washington, D.C., Simmie Knox graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and has specialized in portraits since 1981. Mr. Knox exhibited as an abstract artist and worked for the Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. during the 1970s. His abstract art was displayed in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1971.

After years of painting abstract and other art forms, Mr. Knox turned full time to portraiture. His commissions feature entertainers, educators, military officers, judges, and private individuals and include Justice Thurgood Marshall in 1989, Senator Verda Welcome in 1990, Senator Herman Holloway in 1995, and Muhammad Ali in 1995. Perhaps Knox’s most notable commission was to paint the official Portrait of President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton, unveiled in 2004.

Mr. Knox’s work is exhibited in the White House, the U.S. Senate, in courthouses, schools, museums, and private collections across the country.

Year Painted

Professional Career:

Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1965-1970
Professor of law, University of Michigan Law School, 1970-1975, 1977-1980
Labor arbitrator, 1971-1980
Professor of law, Harvard Law School, 1975-1977
Chairman of the board, National Railroad Passenger Corporation, 1978-1980

University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Papers, ca. 1965-1980. 11 linear ft.; finding aid; restricted; collection contains Edwards’s professional files as well as other material concerning labor arbitration cases and problems of affirmative action and minority rights at the University of Michigan