Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by Dwight D. Eisenhower on February 26, 1959; Confirmed by the Senate on September 9, 1959, and received commission on September 14, 1959. Assumed senior status on 10/5/1971. Service terminated on 2/13/1980, due to death.
National University Law School, Washington, DC, LL.B., 1933
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.
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1933-1953
Chief judge, Municipal Court for the District of Columbia, 1953-1959
Professorial lecturer, George Washington University School of Law, 1956-1964