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The Cover
January 10, 2007

The Battery

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(2):135. doi:10.1001/jama.297.2.135

When Carter Harrison, Sr, the 24th mayor of Chicago, was elected to his fifth term of office in the spring of 1893, he probably, like any father, had high hopes of leaving some sort of political legacy to his sons. Any such dreams, however, would seem to have ended abruptly, tragically, when six months later, he was assassinated on the front porch of his home as he opened the door to a visitor. Surprisingly, the dreams lived; not only did he leave a political legacy to his sons, but (though probably not intentionally) he left an artistic one as well. His older son, Carter Harrison II, became Chicago's 30th mayor in 1897 and, like his father, served five terms (though not consecutively). In 1914, shortly before the end of his final term, he formed a group of Chicago businessmen who sponsored trips to Taos, New Mexico, for promising young American painters with the stipulation that they send back paintings of the American Southwest, not only of landscapes but of the Native American life and culture as well.