Thomas Worthington

1814 - 1818

Oil on Canvas

30.0" x 25.0"

Governor's Office - 101


Governor Biography
Thomas Worthington was born in the Virginia colony in 1769. As a young man Worthington inherited the family estate from his uncle consisting of two hectares of land and 130 slaves. Shortly thereafter he sold his plantation and freed the slaves before moving to the Ohio country. When in Ohio he established one of the first saw mills in the state and the first on the Scioto River. He served as a public surveyor of lands, and later as a member of the convention that framed the Ohio Constitution. He went on to become a United States Senator representing the new State of Ohio. In the first years of the new century, Worthington built his home near Chillicothe and named it Adena. In 1810 he was elected to another term in the US Senate, and in 1814 was elected Governor of Ohio. These were violent years as the War of 1812 was being waged with England- an American extension of the Napoleonic wars in Europe. Worthington's administration saw the Battle of Lake Erie and the defeat of the British interests south of the lakes. Worthington died in Chillicothe in 1827.

Charles Willson Peale 1741-1827

Artist Biography
Peale was born in Queen Anne County Maryland on April 15th, 1741. He apprenticed with a saddler in Annapolis in 1765 before relocating to Boston to study art with John Singleton Copley. In 1768 he journeyed to England where he studied and worked in the studio of Benjamin West in London. He moved back to the United States in 1775 where he settled in Philadelphia and took part in the revolutionary war. As a captain in the volunteers he took part in the battles of Trenton and Germantown near Philadelphia. During this period he painted portraits of George Washington and other notables of the time. He created the Peale Museum in Philadelphia (Independence Hall) in 1786. This was his life-long love, and he devoted much of the remaining years of his life to it. He was one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts in 1806, and generally was the center of the Philadelphia art world for many years. He was the first in a long line of Peales who endeavored in the arts. His son, Rembrandt Peale, actually aided his father's artistic development by schooling him in the French techniques of the period. Rembrandt had studied in Paris for a number of years. He painted portraits of many of the great men of the period including people like Thomas Worthington who was a man of great national prominence at the time. Charles Peale died on February 27, 1827 in Philadelphia.