Governor Portraits
Governor
C. William O'Neill

Years
1957 - 1959

Medium
Oil on Canvas

Size
32.0" x 26.0"

Location
Statehouse Room 315

Year
1959

Governor Biography

C. William O'Neill was born in 1916 in Marietta, Ohio. He was raised by his father after his mother's death at an early age. His father was a lawyer of Irish decent. After high school in Marietta, he entered a pre-law program at Marietta College and later graduated from The Ohio State University Law School. In the final year of his undergraduate work, he ran for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives and won becoming the youngest member of that body at the age of 22. In 1943 he joined the Army and saw service with the 976th Engineers Corp. in General George Patton's 3rd Army. He won the 1944 election to the Ohio House while overseas. In 1947, he won the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives, again the youngest at that post to this day. He ran successfully for Attorney General in 1950, was re-elected to that post for the next two terms and won the nomination for Governor of Ohio in 1956. He defeated Michael DiSalle in the general election and took office as Governor in 1957. O'Neill was the first Governor to reside in the new Governor's mansion in Bexley. He was defeated by DiSalle in the next gubernatorial election due to an economic recession which caused extreme unemployment in the state. Later he would serve on the Ohio Supreme Court from 1960 until his death in 1978.


Artist
David Philip Wilson 1909-1981

Artist Biography

David Philip Wilson was born in 1902 in Northern Ohio. He primarily painted portraits of children and is also known for his landscape work and photography. Wilson was born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Carnegie Institute of Art and Design under Charles Hopkinson. He also exhibited at the Cleveland Museum and the Chicago Art Institute.