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James Sidney Rollins: Warmest Personal Friend – Part IV

  Following the Civil War, James Sidney Rollins declined to campaign for federal office. In both 1866 and 1868, regional voters elected him to the state senate. The Democratic Party drafted him as their gubernatorial candidate in the 1872 election. … Continue reading

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James Sidney Rollins: Warmest Personal Friend – Part III

During his time in the United States Congress, James Sidney Rollins introduced a bill to build a railroad and a telegraph line from Missouri to California. The bill eventually passed as the Pacific Railway Acts of 1862. He voted for … Continue reading

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James Sidney Rollins: Warmest Personal Friend – Part II

In 1834, in the building that housed the law office of James Sidney Rollins, a young. self-taught artist, George Caleb Bingham, opened a studio in Columbia, Missouri. The two men quickly became friends. On June 6, 1837, Rollins married Mary Elizabeth … Continue reading

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James Sidney Rollins: Warmest Personal Friend – Part I

“From early youth to manhood’s ripened years, [they would be] the warmest personal friends, and next to their own kith and kin, each by the other has been the best beloved.”[1] So said Alban Jasper Conant, a mutual friend of both … Continue reading

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The Stories Behind the Portraits: Sallie Rodes Rollins

The stories behind the portraits of George Caleb Bingham begin with Sallie Rodes Rollins, my favorite of all Bingham portrait subjects. She was  born as Sarah Harris Rodes on 7 June 1787, in Madison County, Kentucky, into a wealthy family … Continue reading

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