You run one of the oldest courts in North America, you go through a lot of judges. Outside the office of Ralph Gants, current chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, hangs this portrait of a former justice. Only problem is: Nobody knows who he is.
The court is asking for help to identify the justice, who may have sat between 1780 and 1820. Anybody who can provide his provenance will get to hang with Justice Gants, first as he hangs a plaque identifying the former justices and then for an exclusive private tour of the John Adams Courthouse.
Court officials say they've been trying to ID Mystery Justice since at least 2005, when the John Adams Courthouse re-opened after extensive renovations and they began to hang all the portraits that had sat in storage during the work.