Governor Portraits
Governor
Andrew Harris

Years
1906 - 1909

Medium
Oil on Canvas

Size
36.0" x 24.0"

Location
Statehouse Room 118

Year
1909

Governor Biography

Andrew Harris was born in 1835 in Butler County, Ohio. Harris moved to Preble County in 1838 where he attended public school and worked on his family farm. In 1857 he entered Miami University and graduated from that institution in 1860. Following his graduation from Miami, he studied law with the firm of Thompson and Harris of Eaton, Ohio. He served with the army in the Civil War and was seriously wounded at the Battle of McDowell in Virginia. He was made a commander of his unit when his commander was killed at Chancellorsville. Following the Civil War, Harris set up a legal practice in Eaton, and successfully ran for the Ohio Senate in 1866. He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1885, and in 1891 was elected Lieutenant Governor. He served in Federal positions under the McKinley administration, and later returned to Ohio and was successfully elected again to the position of Lieutenant Governor. When Governor Pattison died in office in 1906, Harris became Governor. He was defeated in his reelection bid in 1908 by Harmon under a cloud of suspicion of graft. Harris was the last Civil War veteran to serve as governor.


Artist
Jerome S. Uhl 1842-1916

Artist Biography

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.