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Accession Number 1900.001
Catalog Number 1900.001.053
Object Name Painting
Title Portrait of Martin Davey
Description Martin Davey, Ohio's 53rd governor (1935-1939), is seen seated in a wooden chair. He wears a three-piece black suit with a white shirt and red and light blue tie. There is a pearl stick pin in his tie. He has a white handkerchief in his proper left breast pocket and wears a silver ring.
Date ca. 1939
Artist Novotny, Elmer Ladislaw, 1902-1997
Notes Martin L. Davey was born in Kent, Ohio on July 25, 1884. His father was John Davey, better known as the tree doctor and founder of the Davey Tree Expert Company.

It is said that while attending a county fair, Davey heard the "Cross of Gold" speech that was given by William Jennings Bryan, and this is what inspired him to pursue a career in politics.

Davey was elected mayor of Kent, Ohio, serving from 1913-1918. In 1918, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He was re-elected in November, but lost another bid for re-election in 1920. He was re-elected in 1922. In 1928, Davey ran for governor of Ohio, but was defeated. He ran again in 1934, and won two two-year terms before retiring.

Davey died March 31, 1946 in Kent, Ohio.
People Davey, Martin L. (Martin Luther), 1884-1946
Novotny, Elmer Ladislaw, 1902-1997
Signed Name "E. L Novotny"
Sig Loc Lower right
Image size 25" x 30"
Frame size 28-1/2" x 33-1/2"
Frame desc Mid-twentieth century gilt frame with carved geometric decoration
Material Oil Paint/Canvas/Wood
Provenance In 1867, the Ohio General Assembly passed a joint resolution relative to the governors of Ohio. The legislators resolved that "the secretary of state, on the first Monday of January next, whether the portraits of the governors of Ohio, state and territorial, can be procured, and if so, whether original portraits or copies, and the probable expense of procuring such portraits for the governor's office."

This portrait was painted and signed by E.L. Novotny.

No written documention has been located on this portrait.

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
Painting
Portrait paintings
Collection Statehouse Artwork Collection/Governors' Portraits