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Progressive School for Democrats

Artist
Adolf Arthur Dehn, 22 Nov 1895 - 1968
Sitter
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945
John Nance Garner, 22 Nov 1868 - 7 Nov 1967
Henry Fountain Ashurst, 13 Sep 1874 - 31 May 1962
Josiah William Bailey, 14 Sep 1873 - 15 Dec 1946
Alben William Barkley, 24 Nov 1877 - 30 Apr 1956
Theodore Gilmore Bilbo, 13 Oct 1877 - 21 Aug 1947
Edward Raymond Burke, 1880 - 1968
Harry Flood Byrd, 10 Jun 1887 - 20 Oct 1966
Royal Samuel Copeland, 7 Nov 1868 - 17 Jun 1938
Peter Goelet Gerry, 18 Sep 1879 - 31 Oct 1957
Joseph F. Guffey, 29 Dec 1870 - 6 Mar 1959
Byron Patton Harrison, 29 Aug 1881 - 22 Jun 1941
Rush Dew Holt, 19 Jun 1905 - 8 Feb 1955
William Henry King, 3 Jun 1863 - 27 Nov 1949
Robert Marion La Follette, Jr., 6 Feb 1895 - 24 Feb 1953
Paul Vories McNutt, 1891 - 1955
Sherman Minton, 20 Oct 1890 - 9 Apr 1965
George William Norris, 11 Jul 1861 - 2 Sep 1944
Joseph Christopher O'Mahoney, 5 Nov 1884 - 1 Dec 1962
Claude Denson Pepper, 8 Sep 1900 - 30 May 1989
Lewis Baxter Schwellenbach, 20 Sep 1894 - 10 Jun 1948
Ellison DuRant Smith, 1 Aug 1866 - 17 Nov 1944
Millard Evelyn Tydings, 6 Apr 1890 - 9 Feb 1961
Robert Ferdinand Wagner, 8 Jun 1877 - 4 May 1953
Burton Kendall Wheeler, 27 Feb 1882 - Jan 1975
Date
1938
Type
Drawing
Medium
Opaque white and lithographic crayon on paper
Dimensions
Image: 58.7 x 47.1cm (23 1/8 x 18 9/16")
Sheet: 72 x 52cm (28 3/8 x 20 1/2")
Mat: 76.2 x 61cm (30 x 24")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Adolf Arthur Dehn
Object number
NPG.92.169
Culture
Robert Ferdinand Wagner: European\German
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: American
Exhibition Label
Eight years before Franklin Roosevelt first ran for president, he was espousing progressivism as a national mandate for confronting the nation's problems, much like his fifth cousin, Theodore Roosevelt, had done two decades earlier. "The Democratic Party is the Progressive party of the country," FDR proclaimed in 1924." Two years later, he warned that "a nation or a state which is unwilling by governmental action to tackle the new problems . . . is headed for decline and ultimate death." Given the subsequent hardships of the Great Depression, Roosevelt as president found himself at the head of the class in caricaturist Adolf Dehn's Progressive School for Democrats. Roosevelt's New Deal was largely an experimental program of reforms like Social Security, Federal Deposit Insurance, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, which at the very least promised to be lessons in federal entitlements and interventions.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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