Governor John Garland Pollard
Virginia governor John Garland Pollard poses for his official gubernatorial portrait. The oil painting on canvas, which was made by Edmund P. Archer, currently resides in the art collection of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Pollard was a progressive Democrat who served as a delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1901–1902, attorney general of Virginia (1914–1918), and governor of Virginia (1930–1934). Handpicked by Harry F. Byrd Sr. to be his gubernatorial successor, Pollard was never able to get fully out from under Byrd's thumb.