Architect Richard Morris Hunt by artist John Singer Sargent (1895). The artist painted many Vanderbilt portraits including that of the family of the 9th Duke of Marlborough and Consuelo Vanderbilt. Hunt was the architect of many of the most notable Vanderbilt Mansions including Consuelo's childhood homes the Petit Château (660 Fifth Ave); Marble House (Newport, RI); and Idle Hour (Oakdale, L. I., NY)
James Monroe studied law under Thomas Jefferson and went on to be fifth President, serving two terms. He presided over a period of prosperity and westward expansion, otherwise known as "Manifest Destiny." As Secretary of State during the Jefferson presidency, Monroe was a key participant in the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from the French. Policy of the U. S. towards the emerging countries of Latin America is known as the Monroe Doctrine.
Red Wing Blackbird. These birds don't come to our yard, but are seen in the fields. I've always considered the red-winged blackbird to be "my" bird since I did a poster and project on them when I was in Mrs. Pruden's fifth grade class almost sixty years ago.