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Accession Number 1900.001
Catalog Number 1900.001.003
Object Name Painting
Other Name Portrait
Title Edward Tiffin
Description Oil-on-canvas painting is a portrait of Edward Tiffin, the first governor of Ohio (1803-1807). It is a left profile view. Tiffin is shown wearing a white shirt with a high collar and tie and a dark coat. He has short dark hair.
Date 1868
Artist Hoffman, F.W.
Notes Edward Tiffin (1766-1829) was born in Carlisle, England, and immigrated to Berkeley County, Virginia, now Jefferson County, West Virginia, with his parents and siblings in 1783. He studied medicine and was also ordained as a Methodist lay minister. In 1798, he moved to Chillicothe with his family, including his brother-in-law Thomas Worthington, who later became Tiffin's political ally. Tiffin was elected speaker of the Northwest Territory assembly. Tiffin served as president of Ohio's 1802 Constitutional Convention and was elected as the state's first governor, a position he held from 1803 to 1807. He was later a U.S. Senator, speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, commissioner of the General Land Office in Washington D. C., and surveyor-general northwest of the Ohio River.
People Hoffman, F.W.
Smith, William Henry, 1833-1896
Tiffin, Edward, 1766-1829
Signed Name Unsigned
Image size 24" x 20"
Frame size 35.5" x 29.5"
Frame desc Elaborate foliate carved frame with oval insert surround
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 Smith, then-secretary of state, contacted living descendants of former Ohio governors. He reported that Mrs. Scott of Chillicothe (Edward Tiffin's daughter) owned a miniature water color of Tiffin, which she loaned to the state for an artist to copy. An "Ohio State Journal" article dated February 7, 1877 indicates that F.W. Hoffman of Chillicothe, Ohio, painted the portrait of Governor Tififn (1803 to 1807) in 1868. Edward Tiffin's daughter, Diathea M. Tiffin, of Chillicothe, Ohio, presented the portait to the State of Ohio in 1868.

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