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Accession Number 1900.001
Catalog Number 1900.001.008
Object Name Painting
Other Name Portrait
Title Thomas Worthington
Description Thomas Worthington, Ohio's sixth governor (1814- 1818) is seen sitting in a red chair next to a red draped table with three books on it. He is wearing a black coat with a white shirt with a bow at the neck.
Year Range from 1816
Year Range to 1817
Artist Unknown--possibly Rembrandt Peale
Notes Thomas Worthington (1767-1827) was born on February 10th 1767 in Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia). He served as a member of the Territorial Legislature and of the first Constitutional Convention in 1802. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1803 and again in 1810. He served as the sixth governor of Ohio from 1814-1818, founding the State Library of Ohio. He served as a representative in the Ohio House of Representatives and later was Canal Commissioner. He died in New York in 1827.
People Smith, William Henry, 1833-1896
Worthington, Thomas, 1773-1827
Signed Name Unsigned
Image size 30" x 24.5"
Frame size 34" z 28.25"
Frame desc Gilt frame with carved beaded liner
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."

William H. Smith's report to the legislature notes,"The only portrait of Thomas Worthington, taken in his mature years, is in the possession of Rufus King, Esq., [Worthington's son-in-law] of Cincinnati, who has generously volunteered to furnish the State with a copy. The copied oil portrait arrived at the Statehouse on December 31, 1869.

In 1880 Rufus King wrote to the Governor's office (Charles Foster) that he had "forwarded by express the original portrait of the ex-Governor Worthington, which is to take the place of the copy at present hanging in the rotunda." He also made a proposition to donate to the village of Worthington the portrait that was taken from the Statehouse.

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