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Accession Number 1900.001
Catalog Number 1900.001.002
Object Name Painting
Other Name Portrait
Title Edward Tiffin
Description Left-facing bust portrait of Ohio's first governor Edward Tiffin. Tiffin is shown wearing a white shirt with a high collar and tie, and a dark coat. He has short dark hair. The portrait is in a large rectangular gilt frame.
Year Range from 1893
Year Range to 1899
Artist Sprague, Elmer E., 1862-1906
Notes Edward Tiffin (1766-1829) was born in Carlisle, England, and immigrated to Berkeley County, Virginia, now Jefferson County, West Virginia, with his parents and siblings in 1783. He studied medicine and was also ordained as a Methodist lay minister. In 1798, he moved to Chillicothe with his family, including his brother-in-law Thomas Worthington, who later became Tiffin's political ally. Tiffin was elected speaker of the Northwest Territory assembly. Tiffin served as president of Ohio's 1802 Constitutional Convention and was elected as the state's first governor, a position he held from 1803 to 1807. He was later a U.S. Senator, speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, commissioner of the General Land Office in Washington D. C., and surveyor-general northwest of the Ohio River.
People Sprague, Elmer E.. 1862-1906
Tiffin, Edward, 1766-1829
Signed Name EE Sprague
Sig Loc Lower Right
Image size 28" x 24"
Frame size 34.75" x 30.5"
Frame desc Elaborate carved gilt frame with chipped and foliate detail and oval inset surround
Provenance There is no information available about why or how this later portrait of Edward Tiffin became part of the Statehouse Art Collection. There is another, earlier portrait of Tiffin, which was commissioned at the beginning of the portrait commission process in 1867.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board took over the care of the Statehouse and its collections in 1988.
Search Terms Ohio Governor
Ohio Governor's Portraits
Subjects Governors
Portrait paintings
Collection Statehouse Artwork Collection/Governors' Portraits