Monday, April 10, 2023


A print of the famous early 19th century Senator, Daniel Webster (1782-1852), has recently been donated to the Village of Cooksville’s growing collection of portraits of people from the past.
Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
The portrait of the famous Senator Webster was donated by Kathryn Howarth Ryan who had purchased the print in Washington, D.C. and who had hung it in her home, in the historic Duncan House on Webster Street (of course) in the Village of Cooksville where she lived for a number of years.

Senator Webster of Massachusetts had an important early connection to the Village of Cooksville and the Town of Porter, as well as nearby Dane County. He had purchased about 1200 acres of land from the U.S. Government when it first went on sale in 1837, and eventually he sold it to his friends, the Porters in Massachusetts and to various other early settlers. 

Some other people, portrayed artistically in paint, plaster or print, are now in the Village’s collections, but not all were personally connected to Cooksville. However, they are an indication of the interest in cultural and historic figures that early settlers had. Here are some of these from the Village collection.

John Milton (1608-1674)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Henry Longfellow (1807-1882)


George Washington (right) (1732-1799)

George Washington family print (1792)

Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)

Henry Clay (1777-1852)

Here are a few artistic images of more recent people related to Cooksville that are in the collection:


Ann Eliza Porter (1821-1890)
Ralph Warner (1875-1941)

John Wilde (1919-2006) in his "WildeWorld II" print

Larry Reed, Cooksville


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