George Hoadly was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1825. His family moved to Cleveland, Ohio in the late 1830s. George graduated from Western Reserve College in 1844 before attending law school at Harvard University. He was admitted to the bar in 1847. During these years, he nurtured a friendship with Salmon Chase, and sometime later practiced law with the firm of Chase, Ball & Hoadly in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1851 Hoadly was elected by the legislature to the office of Judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati based primarily on his reputation won by trying high-profile cases for some years. In 1859 he was elevated to the Superior Court. He gave up his judgeship in 1866. He served with the Constitutional Convention of 1873 and 1874 as well as serving on a number of private corporation boards. He was elected Governor of the State of Ohio in 1884 as a Republican. He switched his alignment back to Democrat in 1876 due to a disagreement over a protective tariff.
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.