Harlan Fiske Stone was born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, on October 11, 1872. He graduated from Amherst College with a B.S. degree in 1894, Columbia Law School in 1898, and was admitted to the New York bar. He became a member of the law firm of Wilmer & Canfield, and later of its successor, Satterlee, Canfield & Stone. While practicing law, he lectured at Columbia Law School from 1899 to 1902. He was professor of law from 1902 to 1905, and dean of Columbia Law School from 1910 to 1923. He then resigned and joined the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. Stone was appointed Attorney General of the United States by President Coolidge on April 7, 1924, and held that office until March 2, 1925. He served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1941 until his death on April 22, 1946, in Washington, D.C.
The artist was born in Italy. He was a pupil of Paxton, Benson and Tarbell of Boston. He painted portraits of President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, as well as many other prominent figures of the day. Today, Cartotto's works are exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum and the San Diego Museum.