Governor Portraits
Governor
Thomas J. Herbert

Years
1947 - 1949

Medium
Oil on Canvas

Size
30.0" x 24.0"

Location
Statehouse Room 315

Year
1949

Governor Biography

Thomas Herbert was born in 1894 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the Cleveland Public Schools, and following matriculation entered Western Reserve University. He graduated from Western Reserve University in 1915 and entered the law school at that institution. His schooling was interrupted to join in the war effort during World War I. He served with the Royal Air Force and was shot down by German fire in 1918 over Cambrai, France. Due to his injuries he spent the next 2 ½ years in hospitals either in England or the United States. He was awarded several service medals including the Purple Heart. Following his recovery, Herbert married and returned to finish his law degree at Western Reserve University. In 1922, Herbert was elected as the Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. In 1927 he was appointed as Major of the Ohio National Guard which he organized. Herbert's political career continued when he unsuccessfully ran for Attorney General in 1936, but succeeded in his next attempt in 1938. He stayed in that office until 1945, following which he won the Republican nomination for Governor of Ohio in 1946. He defeated Frank Lausche in the general election and took office in January 1947. Lauche then defeated him during his re-election bid in 1948. After his defeat, Herbert returned to his private practice in Cleveland. In 1956 he was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court and served on that body until he suffered a stroke in 1961. He sought no more political offices after that. Herbert died in 1974.


Artist
David Philip Wilson 1909-1981

Artist Biography

David Wilson was a Cleveland artist of some renown. Wilson painted many portraits of important personages of the 1940s and 1950s. He was born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania and studied at the Carnegie Institute of Art and Design. He studied under Charles Hopkinson. Wilson exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute and the Cleveland Museum of Art.