Present Whereabouts Unknown
The sitter was born on 31 January 1888, but died on 12 May 1891. In the James J. Hill Papers (Hill Family Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul) there is a Voucher for payment (No. 1163) dated 3 August 1891 for $1000 for this portrait, which it says was painted in St Paul in July 1891, a note on the voucher saying that it was presented to Governor William Rush Merriam by Hill. Obviously, it must have been painted posthumously from a photograph.