General Lewis Blaine Hershey (1893-1977)
Watercolor, gouache, and white tempera on heavy watercolor paper
Overall: 21 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. ( 54.6 x 40 cm )
General Hershey decided to make a career in the army after serving in France in World War I. He was a frequent advisor to the congressmen drawing up the Selective Service Act, which was passed in 1940, and the next year President Roosevelt appointed him director of the selective service system. He retired from the army in 1946, but two years later he was recalled, after Congress passed the Selective Service Act of 1948, and he was again appointed director.
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
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