Looker was born in New York in 1757, fought in the Revolutionary war and was given land for his military service. This land was in the Ohio Country of the Northwest Territory. He settled in the future Ohio and after statehood served in the House of Representatives becoming Speaker of that body and later was elected to the Senate. Governor Meigs resigned his position to become Postmaster General under President Madison, and (as Speaker) Looker took over the unexpired term of Governor in 1814. Thomas Worthington succeeded him in office.
Ransome was born in Newark, Ohio and studied with Asher Durand in New York as well as Hans Kaulbach in Munich. She was the first female artist ever to have her work purchased by the U.S. Federal government. She maintained a studio in Washington, DC at 915 F. Street, N.W. for many years.