James Dexter Havens
(1900 - 1960)
James Dexter Havens was active/lived in New York. James Havens is known for landscape painting, woodblocks.
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James Dexter Havens was born in January 13, 1900 in Rochester, New York
and had a fairly unremarkable childhood until he was fourteen, at which
time he was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Doctors gave him
only two years to live, but he clung to life for the next eight years,
albeit bedridden much of the time. In order to combat boredom, he
turned to drawing.
In the early 1920s, Attorney James S. Havens—the artist's father—who
had already served as a U.S. Representative to Congress (1910-11) and
was head of its legal department of the Eastman Kodak Co.—was searching
for something to help his desperately ill son. Through his high
offices at Kodak, he rubbed shoulders and played golf with a great many
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