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Admiral Byrd

Admiral Byrd
Creator: Herschel C. Logan
Date: 1936
A black ink on rag paper woodcut, portrait of Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr. in dress uniform by Herschel Logan. A member of the Prairie Printmakers, Logan executed this work in 1936. He was born April 19, 1901 in Magnolia, Missouri, and the family moved shortly afterwards to Winfield, Kansas. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He worked as an advertising artist in Salina until his retirement in 1968. Logan moved to Santa Ana, California, where he died on December 8, 1987.


Alexander Soule Johnson

Alexander Soule Johnson
Creator: Uhl, S. Jerome
Date: 1906
Oil portrait of Alexander Soule Johnson by artist Jerome S. Uhl. The subject was the son of Rev. Thomas Johnson who operated the Shawnee Methodist Mission in Johnson County, Kansas. He worked as a land surveyor in Johnson County and oversaw settlement of the region as land and tax commissioner of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway land grant. During the Civil War, Johnson served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Kansas State Militia and participated in the Price Raid. He was a lawyer and member of the first territorial legislature. Johnson took an active role in, and served as president of, the Topeka Club. This social group consisted primarily of prominent Topekans. Johnson's portrait hung in the organization's clubhouse until it disbanded in the early 1920s. The artist was a painter from Cincinnati, Ohio, who studied in Paris, exhibited in Europe, and painted portraits of a number of prominent Americans.


American Woman and Her Political Peers

American Woman and Her Political Peers
Creator: Ford, W. A.
Date: between 1892 and 1893
This 58" x 48" pastel is titled American Woman and her Political Peers. Pictured at the center is Frances E. Willard, American educator and reformer. Portrayed around Miss Willard (clockwise from upper left) are a mentally disabled man, a convict, a madman, and a disenfranchised Native American. Henrietta Briggs-Wall of Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, designed the picture and commissioned Mr. W. A. Ford, also of Hutchinson, to execute it. Mrs. Briggs-Wall was active with the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association and with national and state chapters of the Women's Christian Temperance Union.


Andrew H. Reeder portrait

Andrew H. Reeder portrait
Creator: Hall, Cyrenius
Date: 1880
Portrait of Andrew Horatio Reeder, 1807-1864, who was the first governor of Kansas Territory. In 1855, Reeder was removed from office by President Pierce and forced to leave Kansas when threatened with arrest for a charge of high treason issued by a pro-slavery grand jury. He escaped with the help of Thomas and Julia Stinson, who dressed him in women's clothing. In May 1856, Reeder disguised himself as a woodcutter (as depicted in this painting) and escaped via a steamboat on the Missouri River. Artist Cyrenius Hall painted this portrait in 1880.


Betty Wollman portrait

Betty Wollman portrait
Creator: Gordon, Boris B.
Date: 1932
Oil painting of Betty Kohn Wollman (1836-1927) done by artist, Boris Barnhard Gordon (1890-1976). Jonas and Betty Wollman were early settlers in Leavenworth, Kansas, known for their anti-slavery views. The Wollmans hosted a dinner for Abraham Lincoln during his visit to Leavenworth in December 1859. Late in life, Betty Wollman assisted in the model selection for the "Pioneer Woman" statue in Ponca City, Oklahoma.


Carry Nation portrait

Carry Nation portrait
Creator: Reid, Albert Turner
Date: 1901
Pencil portrait of Carry A. Nation by Albert T. Reid (1873-1955). The title is the First Press Picture of Mrs. Nation. Nation met with Governor William Stanley at his office in the Kansas Capitol on January 29, 1901, to protest the illegal existence of joints (saloons) in the state. Reid made note of Nation's blackened right eye, which was given to her by the wife of an Enterprise jointist days earlier. Suggesting that the state's prohibition laws were not being enforced, Nation pointed to her bruise and said, "Governor, you gave me that black eye." This sketch ran on the front page of the Topeka Mail & Breeze on February 1, 1901.


Charles Blood Smith

Charles Blood Smith
Creator: Uhl, S. Jerome
Date: 1908
Oil portrait of Charles Blood Smith by artist Jerome S. Uhl. The subject was a prominent Topeka lawyer who started a firm with William H. Rossington in 1876. The artist was a painter from Cincinnati, Ohio, who studied in Paris, exhibited in Europe, and painted portraits of a number of prominent Americans.


Donald P. Richards

Donald P. Richards
Date: Between 1945 and 1950
Here ten photographs document the post-war years of professional photographer Donald (Don) P. Richards. The son of James C. and Virginia Kindig Richards, Don was born on November 25, 1922 in St. Joseph, Missouri. After serving in World War II, Don worked as a photographer for the Parsons Sun, then later attended the Fred Archer School of Photography in Los Angeles, where his wife Donna was employed by the FBI. He returned to the Midwest in 1949 to direct public relations and teach photography at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. In June 1951, Don joined the staff of the Kansas Industrial Development Commission as a writer and photographer for the state magazine, To the Stars. Promoted to editor soon afterward, Don was instrumental in rebranding the magazine as KANSAS!, which is published today by the Kansas Department of Commerce. In 1964, Don joined the Menninger Foundation where he was director of the information office from 1965 to 1978.


Henry Joseph Adams portrait

Henry Joseph Adams portrait
Creator: Stone, George M.
Date: 1894
An oil painting of Henry Joseph Adams, painted by George M. Stone. Adams came to Kansas in March, 1855, settled in Leavenworth, and became active in free-state causes. In the winter of 1855, he was elected to the free-state Legislature. In the spring of 1857, Adams was elected the first free-state mayor of Leavenworth and served two terms. In the 1858 Territorial Legislature, he was appointed chairman of the committee to investigate the Oxford, Kickapoo and other election frauds under the Lecompton Constitution. Under an act of the 1859 Territorial Legislature, Adams was appointed to a committee to audit the claims against the Federal Government by citizens of the Territory for losses sustained through the plunder and destruction of private property by pro-slavery forces. Shortly after the Civil War started, Adams was appointed an army pay master and he held this post until near the war's end.


John Brown portrait

John Brown portrait
Creator: Ruggles, Quartus E.
Date: 1882
Oil portrait of John Brown, painted in 1882 by Quartus Ruggles. The famed abolitionist joined his sons in Kansas in 1855 and engaged in often violent activity directed at proslavery supporters. This portrait depicts Brown as he would have appeared after the Battle of Osawatomie, where free-state and proslavery bands clashed in 1856. The artist, Quartus Ruggles, never met Brown himself but painted this portrait over 20 years after the man's death. It was displayed in the Society's portrait gallery for many years.


John R. Brinkley

John R. Brinkley
Creator: Herschel C. Logan
Date: 1932
This portrait of John R. Brinkley was drawn by Herschel C. Logan, who was born April 19, 1901 in Magnolia, Missouri , and shortly after his birth the family moved to Winfield, Kansas. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts for one year. Logan was a commercial and advertising artist in Salina, Kansas, until his retirement in 1968. He was a member of the Prairie Print Makers. After retirement, Logan moved to Santa Ana, California.


Portrait of John R. Brinkley

Portrait of John R. Brinkley
Creator: McColloch, Clarisa "Cassie" V. (Joseph)
Date: between 1930 and 1934
Hand-colored photograph of John R. Brinkley. Taken during one of his campaigns for Governor. By Clarisa "Cassie" V. McColloch of McPherson (1877-1946).


Portrait of Philip Henry Sheridan

Portrait of Philip Henry Sheridan
Date: between 1870 and 1888
Miniature portrait of Philip Henry Sheridan. Watercolor on ivory, unsigned and undated. Oval portrait in a leather box. Philip Henry Sheridan (1831-1888) graduated from West Point in 1854. He quickly rose to prominence during the Civil War, after which he was sent west by President Grant to pacify the Plains Indians. He was eventually promoted to command the Division of the Missouri (all land between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains), succeeding General William Tecumseh Sherman.


Stephen Douglas portrait

Stephen Douglas portrait
Creator: Louis O. Lussier
Date: 1860
Portrait of Stephen Douglas by Louis Lussier. Douglas helped write the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which called for the repeal of the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Kansas and Nebraska were opened up for settlement but the people living there, not the national government, would determine whether these states would be free or slave. Douglas had been a member of Congress and a United States Senator from Illinois from 1847 until his death in 1861. He was the Democratic Party nominees for President in 1860 and ran, unsuccessfully, against Abraham Lincoln. He had defeated Lincoln two years earlier when both were running for U.S. Senator from Illinois and when they had their famous Lincoln-Douglas debates.


The Fighter

The Fighter
Creator: Herschel C. Logan
Date: 1930
A black ink on rag paper print of boxing champion Jack Dempsey, by Herschel Logan. Logan, one of the Prairie Printmakers, executed this work in 1930. He was born April 19, 1901 in Magnolia, Missouri, and the family moved to Winfield, Kansas shortly afterwards. Logan attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He worked as an advertising artist in Salina until his retirement in 1968. He moved to Santa Ana, California, where he died on December 8, 1987.


William Henry Rossington

William Henry Rossington
Creator: Uhl, S. Jerome
Date: 1909
Oil portrait of William Henry Rossington by artist Jerome S. Uhl. The subject was editor of the Commonwealth and Leavenworth Commercial newspapers. He also served in the State Legislature and operated a law firm with Charles Blood Smith. Rossington and Smith co-founded the Topeka Club, a social group consisting primarily of prominent Topekans. This portrait hung in the organization's clubhouse until it disbanded in the early 1920s. The artist was a painter from Cincinnati, Ohio, who studied in Paris, exhibited in Europe, and painted portraits of a number of prominent Americans.


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