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Stories Behind the Portraits: Judge Priestly H. McBride

Judge Priestly McBride was known as a fair judge. He was a staunch Democrat but refrained from politics while he on the bench. He was also known as “an earnest man of strong convictions, strong prejudices and strong attachments, jovial in his disposition, and of undoubted personal integrity.” Continue reading

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The Most Popular Item…

The most popular item in the exhibition, George Caleb Bingham: Witness to History, at the Jackson County Art Museum in the Truman Courthouse in Independence, Missouri, was the original brooch worn by Mary Snell (Mrs. Priestly Haggin McBride.)  The brooch is … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: Eliza Rollins

The eldest daughter of Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins (1783-1845) and Sarah Harris Rodes Rollins (1787-1856) was Eliza.  She was born in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, on February 4, 1814, two years after her brother, James Sidney Rollins (1812-1888).  In the spring of 1830, … Continue reading

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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 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: Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins – Part 2

Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins was “a remarkably fine-looking man, near six feet in height, and weighing about two hundred pounds, with a kindly and benevolent disposition, always neat in his dress, and very social, but dignified.”  After studying with Dr. … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins, Part 1

In the 1835 portrait of Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins by George Caleb Bingham, the frilled dress shirt and carefully coiffed hair belie his humble beginnings. Continue reading

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