Born: April 30, 1870
Washington, D.C.

Died: September 17, 1946
Washington, D.C.

Peyton Gordon

Associate Justice, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia [Supreme Court of the District of Columbia] Nominated by Calvin Coolidge on February 27, 1928; Confirmed by the Senate on March 29, 1928, and received commission on March 29, 1928. Assumed senior status on February 4, 1941. Service terminated on September 17, 1946, due to death.

Columbian University, LL.B., 1890
Columbian University, LL.M., 1891

Frame Dimensions
46.75″ x 36.5″

Canvas Dimensions
39.5″ x 29.5″

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 to paint portraits and landscapess. 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.

Year Painted

Professional Career:

Assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, 1891-1904
Pardon attorney, 1904-1907
Special assistant to the U.S. attorney general, 1907-1913
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1914-1917
U.S. Army, JAG Corps, 1917-1918
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1918-1921
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1921-1928

University of Texas, Austin, Tex.

  • Evelyn Peyton Gordon papers, 1866-1964; 3 ft.; finding aid; represented.