Governor Thomas McKean and Son, by Charles Willson Peale, 1787.
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Oil on canvas of McKean seated, wearing a formal suit and powered wig. His son sits next to him, wearing a green velvet suit with a laced collar.

Credit: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

This 1787 portrait, Charles Willson Peale painted Pennsylvania Chief Justice Thomas McKean (1734-1817) with one of his eleven children from his two marriages. McKean was not a part of the Constitutional Convention that summer, but he took the lead as a delegate in the November 1787 Pennsylvania convention to ratify the Constitution. There, he stated, "I must declare, that from a full examination and due consideration of this system, it appears to me the best the world has yet seen."

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