Born: November 9, 1817
Morgan County, Alabama

Died: July 12, 1879
Fairfax County, Virginia

David C. Humphreys

Associate Justice, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia [Supreme Court of the District of Columbia] Nominated by Ulysses Grant on April 22, 1870; Confirmed by the Senate on May 10, 1870, and received commission on May 13, 1870. Service terminated on July 2, 1879, due to death.

Frame Dimensions
46.5 x 36.5

Canvas Dimensions
35.5 x 29.5

Overall Condition

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:

Private practice, Madison County, Alabama
Member, Alabama House of Representatives, 1843, 1849, 1853, 1868
Planter and private practice, Huntsville, Alabama, 1850-1879
Confederate Army Colonel

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the District of Alabama,1873; returned by Senate as irregular