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Accession Number 1900.001
Catalog Number 1900.001.010
Object Name Painting
Other Name Portrait
Title Allen Trimble
Description This portrait of Allen Trimble, Ohio's eighth and tenth governor (1822, 1826- 1830) , shows him at a later date in life. He is wearing a dark coat with a white, high-collared shirt and a black tie. He is holding a white handkerchief in his proper right hand and has a pair of eyeglasses resting on top of his forehead.
Date ca. 1868
Artist Thorp, Freeman, 1844-1922
Notes Allen Trimble (1783-1870) was born in Augusta County, Virginia on November 24th 1783. In 1801 and 1803 Trimble traveled with his father to purchase land in Ohio. After his father's death in 1804, Trimble settled in Highland County. Later moving to Hillsboro, Trimble served as a colonel in the War of 1812 and was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1816. In 1817, he was elected to the Ohio Senate and served for eight years. In 1822 Trimble became acting governor, filling Governor Ethan A. Brown's unexpired term. Trimble subsequently ran unsuccessfully for governor until he won the elections in 1826 and 1828. During his tenure as governor, he sought to increase support for education and to develop Ohio's canal system. He did not seek reelection for a third term. Trimble died at his home in Hillsboro, Ohio on February 3rd, 1870.
People Smith, William Henry, 1833-1896
Thorp, Freeman, 1844-1922
Trimble, Allen, 1783-1870
Signed Name Thorp with an indistinct date
Sig Loc Mid-Right
Image size 27" x 22"
Frame size 36.75" x 31.5"
Frame desc Regilt period molded elliptical frame
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 Henry Smith, Ohio's sixteenth secretary of state, was tasked with contacting the descendants of all governors to date. He corresponded with families and sometimes traveled the country to meet them.

On August 25, 1868 Allen Trimble's sons, Reverend Joseph M. Trimble, Honorable Cary A. Trimble, and Colonel William H. Trimble presented a portrait of their father to the Ohio governor's office.

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