David Tod was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1805. Home schooled, he later was admitted to the bar of Ohio in 1827. He established a sizeable law practice in Youngstown and became a powerful element in the Democratic Party throughout the state. The following years found Tod appointed as Minister to Brazil. Prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, he accepted the nomination for Governor from his party. President Lincoln, following the war, appointed Tod to the position of Secretary of State. Tod became a coal and iron baron in the 1850's, and founded the iron industry in Youngstown. He was also a founder of the Cleveland and Mahoning Valley Railroad and served as the company's president. A major event during his tenure in office was the incursion into Ohio from Confederate Cavalry General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders. Tod was a member of the Unionist Party. He failed to gain the gubernatorial nomination from the Unionist Party during the next nominating convention where they nominated John Brough. This was due to public dissatisfaction with some of his appointments and a general unease with the progress of the war. Tod died in Youngstown in 1868.
Born October 12, 1838, Crawford studied portraiture with Peter F. Rothermel at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in 1860 following his service in the war. Examples of his work can be found at the Butler Institute of American Art. Crawford's works are also noted within the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Crawford died in Warren, Ohio in 1876.