|Birth: ||Jun. 6, 1868|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 1913|
PARENTS: James Akin III / Samantha Caroline T. Kelly
WIFE: Mai Richie Reed
Louis Benton Akin was born in Oregon the grandson of pioneers who migrated west on the Oregon Trail. In 1901 he received national recognition when Harpers published a book of his illustrations "A-Hitten up the Trail" showing sights and scenery of the Oregon Trail. He studied art in New York with Merritt Chase and Frank Dumond. In 1903 he was awarded a commission from the Santa Fe Railroad to paint the landscape and native peoples of Arizona for a series of travel posters. While living among the Hopi, Louis was inducted into their secret society and given the name Mapli
(meaning sleeveless) for the type of shirts he wore. In 1911 the American Museum of Natural History N.Y. commissioned Akin to execute twenty paintings of Southwest Indian life and customs, a project he worked on until his death from pneumonia two years later.
NOTE: The grave of Louis Akin lies North to South in the Citizens Cemetery while all others lie East to West. Before he died Mr. Akin had requested to be buried facing the San Francisco Peaks which had been his great inspiration in life.
James Akin (1833 - 1880)
Samantha Caroline Taylor Kelly Akin (1844 - 1872)
Created by: Terry Akin
Record added: Jul 25, 2007
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