Governor Portraits
Governor
Myron T. Herrick

Years
1904 - 1906

Medium
Oil on Canvas

Size
40.0" x 30.0"

Location
Statehouse Room 110

Year
1906

Governor Biography

Myron Herrick was born in Lorain County, Ohio in 1854. Herrick worked at a newspaper in St. Louis, writing articles, and on assignment reporting from Kansas cattle country. He attended Oberlin College, and later received an Emeritus Degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. He worked with a law firm in Cleveland, Ohio from 1875 until retirement, interrupted by gaps of time devoted to public service. He was admitted to the bar in 1878 and was a National Republican Convention delegate in 1888, 1892, 1896 and 1904. In 1900, Herrick became an Elector-at-Large for the State of Ohio. He was offered the posts of U.S. Treasurer and U.S. Ambassador to Italy by President McKinley, but turned them down. He was elected Governor of Ohio in 1903, and took office the following year. During his tenure in office he was caught in a major Republican Party feud between George B. Cox in Cincinnati, Senator Foraker and Senator Hanna. He also was caught in the middle on the Chilshollm Bill in 1905 which allowed race track betting, using his new veto power to negate the bill. In 1912 Herrick took a diplomatic post in Paris that had been offered by President Taft. He continued on in that role after the election of Woodrow Wilson to the Presidency. In 1914, Herrick was relieved of his post. Upon the outbreak of hostilities in Europe, Herrick was given the job of caring for the interests of the Central Powers in addition to his American duties. When the French evacuated Paris in the face of the German advance, Herrick stayed on to represent American interests in the event of a German occupation. In 1921 he served again as Ambassador to France, serving for eight years. He died on Easter Sunday in 1929 following Marshall Foch's funeral services in Paris.


Artist
Freeman Willis Simmons 1867-1926

Artist Biography

Simmons was a Cleveland painter who specialized in genre, portraiture, Italian Campania and lithography. His training took him to Paris where he studied during the 1890s with Lefebre, Constant, Boulanger and Bouguereau. From 1899 to 1901 Simmons studied with William Merritt Chase at his Shinnicock Hills Students League School on Long Island. His portraiture includes an important work with Judge Willis Vickery of Columbus being the subject. He was a member of the Cleveland Art League and the American Art Association of Paris. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art, 1921. Herrick died in Cleveland in 1926.