Stanley Hathaway's two terms as governor of Wyoming well qualified him to fill the vacancy left by Secretary Morton at Interior. At the state level, Hathaway had supported Wyoming's recreation and tourism industries, enacted one of the toughest surface mining reclamation laws in the country, and established stringent air quality standards. He had also been actively involved in the leadership of the Western and National Governors Conferences. Hathaway was sworn in as secretary of the Interior in June 1975 but submitted his resignation a month later citing ill health. During his brief tenure he advanced the federal coal leasing program. In returning to Wyoming, Hathaway resumed his law practice.
This is one of three portraits at Interior signed "CJ Fox." Charles J. Fox—purportedly the son of a prominent Austrian artist—was actually Leo Fox, an art dealer with elite social connections. An IRS investigation in 1978 revealed that Fox had adopted a pseudonym for tax evasion purposes. For decades the true artist behind the high-profile commissions was Russian immigrant Irving Resnikoff, who would work from photographs Fox provided of the portrait subjects. These misattributed portraits also appear in several state capitols and in the collections of the Pentagon, U.S. Capitol, and Treasury and Justice Departments.