Joseph Foraker was born in Highland County, Ohio in 1846. In 1862 Foraker joined the Eighty-ninth Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company A. He served with this corp. as First Lieutenant and as Brevet Captain until the close of the Civil War in 1865. He attended Cornell University after the war, receiving his degree in 1869 and was admitted to the bar in that same year. In 1879 Foraker was elected Judge of Superior Court of Cincinnati, was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor in 1883, and succeeded in his election attempt to that office in 1886. He served two terms as governor. Chair of the Republican State Convention of Ohio in 1886, 1890, 1896 and 1900; he was elected United States Senator in 1896, and again in 1902.
Uhl studied in Paris under Colin, Chavannes and Duran. His President Cleveland Portrait is in the Corcoran Galley Collection. Uhl, most importantly, exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1894 and 1895, in Berlin in 1899 and in Vienna at the annual Hapsburg Royal Exhibition. He painted the portraits of three Ohio Governors- Foraker, Pattison and Harris. He also rendered the portrait of Ohio's premier historian Henry Howe.