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Portrait of Charles Joseph Bonaparte
Artist: Cecile Smith De Wentworth
Charles Joseph Bonaparte
Forty-Sixth Attorney General 1906-1909

Charles Joseph Bonaparte was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 9, 1851. He graduated from Harvard College in 1871 and from Harvard Law School in 1874. He was admitted to the Maryland bar. Bonaparte was appointed a member of the Board of Indian Commissioners in 1902. For a number of years he was a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard College, and was one of the organizers and president of the National Municipal League. For several years he was chairman of the Council of the National Civil Service Reform League. Bonaparte was a presidential elector for Maryland on the Republican ticket in 1904, the only Republican elected. On July 1, 1905, he was appointed Secretary of the Navy. President Roosevelt appointed him Attorney General of the United States on December 17, 1906, which office he held until March 4, 1909. He died at his estate, Bella Vista, near Baltimore, on June 28, 1921.

About the Artist: Cecile Smith De Wentworth (1853-1933)

The artist was born in New York, studied in Paris, and died in Nice, France. She received many international medals for her portraits and was decorated Grand Commander, Order of Holy Sepulchre, by Pope Leo XIII. De Wentworth painted Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, and many famous Europeans, including Pope Leo XIII.

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