Samuel Huntington was the third governor of the young State of Ohio. He served from 1808 until 1810 in what was still a quasiwilderness. These were the years when the national road was being built and the first settlements were turning into significant towns. Huntington was born at Norwich, Connecticut in 1763 of a family of some prominence. Samuel's father had been a signer of the Declaration of Independence. A 1785 Yale graduate, he was admitted to the bar in 1793. He moved to Cleveland in 1801 in 1802 he became a member of the Constitutional Convention and State Senator from Trumbull County. He served as Speaker of the House, Supreme Court Justice and finally was elected to the post of Governor of Ohio in 1808. During the War of 1812 Huntington was a Colonel and Paymaster for the army efforts in Northern Ohio against the British and their confederation of Indian tribes. The Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh, was among the leaders of this confederation.
Miss Ransome studied with Asher Durand in New York and with Hans Kaulbach in Munich. Ransome also worked with Hicks and Huntington in Philadelphia. Her portrait of Joshua Giddings in Washington D.C. was the first work of art by a woman to be purchased by the U.S. government. She moved from Cleveland to Washington in 1875 and died there in 1910.