John Adams Dix (1798-1879)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 50 x 40 in. ( 127 x 101.6 cm )
signature and date: lower right: "D. Huntington 1879"
The military career of John A. Dix began in the War of 1812 and ended in the Civil War, during which he served as general. A prominent Jacksonian Democrat by the late 1820s, he was appointed adjutant general of New York State in 1830, served as secretary of state for New York from 1833-39, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1844. From 1873 to 1875 he was governor of New York. Dix joined the N-YHS toward the end of his life and served as its vice-president in 1870.
"The New York Spring Exhibitions, The Art Journal, 1880, n.p. The American Art Review, pt. I, 1880, p. 313. "The Academy Exhibition", Boston: Daily Evening Transcript, March 27, 1880, p. 6 Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p. 219.
Gift of Charles O'Conor
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