|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.|
|Artist||Novotny, Elmer Ladislaw, 1902-1997|
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.
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|
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.
Ohio Governor's Portraits
|Collection||Statehouse Artwork Collection/Governors' Portraits|