Charles Foster was born in Seneca County, Ohio in 1828. He died in Springfield, Ohio in 1904. Born in a log cabin, Foster traveled to Fostoria with his parents at age four. Like many in his generation, it is said he was long on experience, but limited on education. Foster was elected to Congress in 1870, serving for eight years. In 1879 he was elected Governor of the State of Ohio. Foster was appointed to the post of Secretary of the Treasury by President Harrison.
A pupil of Bonnat, Andrews lived in Washington, D.C. most of his life. Andrews was born in 1835 in Steubenville, Ohio, graduating from Marietta College in 1853. He studied in Europe, in Paris under Bonnat at Dusseldorf Academy, and founded the Corcoran School of Art in 1877. Some of his works in Washington, D.C. include portraits of Jefferson, Buchanan, Jackson, Raylor, Johnson and Garfield. His father was a Physician in Columbus.