Levi Sterling "Born in Woodford county, Ky., Jan 2,, 1804. Arrived at Galena, March, 1826, and in May located near Mineral Point, Wis.; served as sheriff, United States marshal, for five sessions in the Territorial council, receiver of public moneys, four years in state senate, a commissioner for building the State Insane Hospital, and served creditably in the War of Secession. Died Oct. 16, 1868." (Reuben Gold Thwaites, Second Triennial Catalogue of the Portrait Gallery of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1892.) Artist Samuel Marsden Brookes received $50 payment for this portrait of "Levi Sterling [Mineral Point, for His. Soc.] on November 11, 1856. (Samuel Marsden Brookes, Daybook, 1841-1861.) "During the year past, there have been added to the [State Historical Society of Wisconsin's Picture] Gallery twelve portraits of the early pioneers of the State, and two historical landscapes. The following, painted by Samuel M. Brookes and Thomas H. Stevenson, the artists whose efforts in behalf of our Society, and whose liberality as well as eminent success in their profession, have placed the Society under lasting obligations to them: Hon. John P. Arndt, Gen. Chas. Bracken, Gen. John H. Rountree, Hon. Levi Sterling, Hon. M.M. Cothren, Hon. M.C. Darling, E.D. Clinton, J.H. Lockwood, and Daniel Bread, Chief of the Wisconsin Oneidas. These portraits are an invaluable addition to the collections of our Society; and when the mists of years shall have thrown a halo of glory over the early settlement of our state, the actors of the Black Hawk war, the heroic participants in the decisive field of the Pecatonica, the Wisconsin Heights, and the Bad Ax, will be our heroes, and their portraits, which now hang so peacefully beside the Indian Chief they so gallantly fought and conquered, will be one of the chief attractions of our Society; and if the Historical Society had done nothing beside, it would have nobly done a good work in obtaining reliable portraits of that gallant band who laid the foundations of our growing State, and rescued from oblivion mementoes of the persons of those so soon to pass of the state of action." (Third Annual Report and Collections fo the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, for the Year 1856, 1857, p. 45.)
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