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Charles Seymour Whitman (1868-1947)

Charles Seymour Whitman (1868-1947)
Title
Charles Seymour Whitman (1868-1947)
Date 
1933
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
Overall: 50 x 40 in. ( 127 x 101.6 cm )
Description 
A portrait of Charles Seymour Whitman,the govenor of New York State (1915-1918) and Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York. The subject is sitting in an orange-red armchair in front of a background of undistinguished foliage. He is wearing a gray coat over a black suit and is looking forward, while thrmed slightly to the right. A gray fedora atop what appear to be gloves rests to his left.
Credit Line 
Painted for the Society
Object Number 
1933.14
Marks 
signature and date: lower right: "DeWitt M. Lockman, N.A. / Nov. 1933"
Gallery Label 
A native of Hanover, Conn., the subject was a descendant of John Whitman of Plymouth, England, who settled in Weymouth, Mass., in 1635. He studied law at New York University, was admitted to the bar in 1894, and commenced his practice in New York. He was appointed a city magistrate in 1904, and in 1909 he was elected district attorney for New York County. He was elected governor of the state in 1914. FURTHER RESEARCH WOULD REVEAL THE LENGTH OF HIS TENURE, ETC.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group