A familiar face has returned to the Warren County Courthouse.
Senior Judge William F. Morgan's portrait was unveiled Thursday afternoon in the Jackson Courtroom.
"I've been wanting to get this done, because I know it eventually has to been done and I said 'The longer I wait, the older I'll get, and the older I'll look,'" Morgan said, thanking his family, President Judge Maureen Skerda, Judge Gregory Hammond and a number of attorneys throughout Warren County.
Times Observer photo by Ben Klein
Senior Judge William F. Morgan, Peggy Morgan with Kathryn Miller, and Honor Miller with Joseph Miller at the portrait unveiling in the Jackson Courtroom of the Warren County Courthouse on Thursday.
The portrait artist Louis Alvarez Roure of New Jersey was featured in the Crary Art Gallery and Roure lives near Morgan's daughter Mary. Being so close made the whole process a little easier, however, it took six hours over two sessions to complete.
"Those of you who know me...I never sit still," he said. "It's kind of a strange feeling to see yourself on the wall."
Morgan will join the portait of 12th President Judge Robert L. Wolfe, which is currently on loan to the Crary Art Gallery, on the wall of the Jackson Courtroom that has begun to house the newer jurists, Skerda said.
"We're really pleased," she said. "I'm very grateful to his family members as well, because they've given up time with him to serve in various capacities throughout these years. And that takes a commitment and dedication you don't often see."
It's intimidating enough to have Wolfe in the courtroom, Hammond said, adding jokingly, "Now I've got Morgan staring at me."
"Actually I think that will be a good thing, I can call on their wisdom from time to time," Hammond said. "Congratulations on your portrait, it will be a pleasure presiding with you here on the wall."
Since 1967, Morgan has been the Master for Juvenile cases, the Assistant District Attorney, and District Attorney; and served as the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1967 to 1992, retiring with the rank of captain.
He was elected the first secondary judge of the 37th Judicial District in 2001 and began his term on Jan. 1, 2002. Morgan became the 25th President Judge on Jan. 1, 2006. On Jan. 1, 2010 he transitioned to Senior Judge status.
Morgan was appointed to hear a case regarding the Second Mile charity's petition to shut down and transfer millions of dollars to a Houston-based charity in July 2012.
He is a graduate of Youngsville High School, the University of Notre Dame and the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania.