On this date, the House of Representatives unveiled its portrait of Representative Thomas E. Morgan
of Pennsylvania, who would go on to become the longest-serving chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Morgan’s portrait was painted by Victor Lallier (1912–1995), a noted artist who had completed eight other portraits for the U.S. House of Representatives. Lallier finished the portrait when Morgan was only six years into what would become a 16-year chairmanship of the Foreign Affairs Committee (the committee was renamed International Relations during Morgan's final term as chairman in the 98th Congress
, 1975–1977). Morgan stands before a flag, a typical pose for official portraits, and is dressed in a sober black suit. Despite his unassuming nature in the portrait, the Pennsylvania Congressman was an imposing figure, standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 240 pounds. He championed bipartisanship, and as chairman tended to support the foreign policy of incumbent Presidents. This stance changed in his last years on the committee, when he pushed back against President Richard M. Nixon’s
position on Vietnam, and opposed the Gerald R. Ford
administration’s policies toward Angola.