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Accession Number 1900.001
Catalog Number 1900.001.005
Object Name Painting
Other Name Portrait
Title Samuel Huntington
Description Left-facing portrait of Samuel Huntington, third governor of Ohio (1808- 1810). Huntington is seen wearing a dark jacket with four gold buttons, a gold vest and a white shirt. His dark hair is pulled back.
Date 1870
Artist Ransom, Caroline L., 1826-1910
Notes Samuel H. Huntington (1765-1817) served as Ohio's third governor from 1808 to 1810. Huntington is the first Ohio governor to have been born in the United States. Born in Coventry, Connecticut, he moved to Ohio in 1801 to the small village of Cleveland. He was selected as an Associate Justice to the Ohio Supreme Court and succeeded Return J. Meigs, Jr. as Chief Justice.

Huntington represented Trumbull County in the Ohio Constitutional Convention of 1802. He served in the Ohio Senate in 1803 and the Ohio House of Representatives from 1811-1812. He served one term as governor (1808-1810) and did not seek re-election. He ran for the U.S. Senate and lost to Thomas Worthington, Ohio's sixth governor.

Huntington served as the Second Grand Master of the Grand Lodge F. & A. M. of Ohio in 1809. He died in 1817, and is buried in Painesville, Ohio.
People Huntington, Samuel, 1765-1817
Ransom, Caroline L., 1826-1910
Smith, William Henry, 1833-1896
Signed Name CL Ransom 1870
Sig Loc Lower Left
Image size 27.5" x 22.25"
Frame size 31" x 26"
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 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.

Ohio's Executive Documents and Annual Reports for 1872 list a payment on January 3, 1871 to "Miss C.L. Ransom for painting portrait of Gov. Huntington $100.00" It is believed to have been copied from an ivory miniature in the family's possession.

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