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Thomas Eakins : The Honorable John A. Thornton
Thomas Eakins (The Honorable John A. Thornton)

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Artist: Thomas Eakins
Title: The Honorable John A. Thornton
Year: 1903
Media: Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
Description: Signed and dated at upper right: "Thomas Eakins/1903"

John A. Thornton (1862–1936)was born in Philadelphia and educated in the public school system. Although he derived his income from his meat and provisions business and his real estate brokerage, he was most concerned with Philadelphia politics. He was elected to the City Committee from the Twenty Fourth when he was twenty six, in 1907 becoming its chairman. He was elected to a five-year term as police magistrate in 1899, and was appointed city real estate assessor by the Board of Revision of Taxes in 1909. Through the efforts of National Committeeman A. Mitchell Palmer and Congressman J. Washington Logue, in 1913 Thornton's name was submitted by President Woodrow Wilson for Senate approval for the position of Philadelphia postmaster, the appointment that marked the height of his political career.

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