Washington, D.C. Abdon Daoud Ackad, 1958. One mounted photograph, on which Potter Stewart has inscribed his best wishes to the photographer, Abdon Ackad, dated 'November 1958'; JK consignment.
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Potter Stewart (1915-1985) was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from 1958 to 1981. During his tenure, he made, among other areas, major contributions to criminal justice reform, civil rights, access to the courts, and Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. [wikipedia];
Abdon Daoud Ackad Sr., 82, photographed Supreme Court justices, presidents and their families, and foreign heads of state during his nearly 60 years as a portrait photographer. In 1929, because he specialized in portraits, he joined the staff of Harris and Ewing as a retouch artist. He was head photographer, production manager and art director when he resigned 19 years later to establish his own studio. He operated the Ackad Photographic Studio on Connecticut Avenue from 1948 until his retirement in 1971. Mr. Ackad's favorite clients included General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the late Sen. Robert A. Taft (R-Ohio), whose portrait was used for a commemorative stamp. He also photographed the Supreme Court, noted members of the clergy, prominent Washington families, and U.S. presidents from Wilson to Franklin D. Roosevelt. His portrait of FDR was used for the engraving of the Roosevelt dime. In 1932, Eleanor Roosevelt called him to Hyde Park, N.Y., to take her official inaugural photograph.