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Object Name Bust
Title Beriah Magoffin
Catalog Number 1904.17
Creator Dexter, Henry
Date 1860
Material(s) Marble
Dimensions H-27.75 W-23 D-12.5 inches
Description This is a marble portrait bust of Governor Beriah Magoffin. He is depicted draped with a toga-like garment that sits on his left shoulder and wraps completely around his shoulders. His hair is parted on his right side and combed back. He has a full beard. An inscription on the right side of the base reads, "Henry Dexter, Fecit./Boston, 1860."
Notes Beriah Magoffin (1815-1885) was the 21st Governor of Kentucky, serving during the early part of the Civil War. He served as governor from August 30, 1859 to August 18, 1862. Magoffin County, Kentucky was created in 1860 and is named in his honor.

Henry Dexter was a self-taught sculptor and portrait painter. According to the "Dictionary of American Biography," in 1857, Dexter was determined to make portrait busts of all governors in the United States. He went to every state, except California and Oregon, to make plaster casts of the governors. He made 31 in all. The Civil War halted his project before he could complete marble portraits of each one.

Collection Magoffin Family Collection
People Magoffin, Beriah
Dexter, Henry
Subjects Marble
Search Terms Governors
Politics, Kentucky
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS