John Pattison was born in Clermont County, Ohio in 1847 and died in 1906. He served in the closing days of the Civil War, and later taught school before attending Ohio Wesleyan University. Following his graduation in 1869, Pattison began studying law and eventually went into practice in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1872. In 1873 he was elected to the Ohio Legislature. In 1890 Pattison was elected to the Ohio Senate, then to the United States Congress. He was elected Governor of Ohio in 1906. The newly elected Governor unfortunately died a few months into his tenure of office.
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.