Justice James Francis Byrnes (1879-1972)
Watercolor, gouache, and white tempera on heavy watercolor paper
Overall: 23 1/2 x 18 7/8 in. ( 59.7 x 47.9 cm )
signature: lower left: "Enit Kaufman"
Signed at lower left in black ink: "Enit Kaufman"
Byrnes began his political career in 1911 as Democratic representative from his native state of So. Carolina; in 1931 he became a U.S. Senator; FDR appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1941, but the following year he resigned to become director of economic stabilization; he was named director of the War Mobilization Board in 1943; he served as sec'y of state under Truman and was elected governor of So. Carolina in 1950; he later served as a diplomat.
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
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