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Estate of Senator Charles Dick, TAG OH, Donates Original Portrait

On June 18th, 2014, Mr. Charles Tharp, great-grandson of Senator Charles Dick, joined the Museum staff for an enjoyable lunch at The Dubliner, Washington’s premier Irish Pub. He was visiting from Baltimore, Maryland, to donate to the Museum, Library and Archive two iconic portraits of his relative, Senator Charles Dick. In 1903, then Congressman Dick was the mastermind and architect of what would become known as The Dick Act which changed the face of the National Guard of the United States forever. The Dick Act of 1903 is best known for establishing the drill structure and pay system for all drilling Guardsmen. Along with that formalized and reliable structure, The Dick Act also established the National Guard as a force capable of Federal service. In order to accomplish their mission, the National Guard would parallel the Active Duty in all significant aspects including training, pay, outfitting, equipping and pension.

MG Dick, TAG, OH

MG Dick, TAG, OH

The Portrait that says it all.

In the words of Mr. Charles Tharp, “The picture alone says it all.” Seated in front of his tent, Major General Charles Dick — then the Adjutant General of Ohio — holds in his hand The Dick Act itself. Complimenting his full uniform suit is a guidon behind him, with the year of enactment, 1903, emblazoned clearly.