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Horatio Greenough’s George Washington

August 15, 2017
Greenough statue of George Washigton

National Museum of American History

The Nation We Build Together, the exhibitions on this floor tell the story of America’s founding and future as a country to fulfil the principles and ideals of freedom and opportunity.

The origins of the statue date back to 1832, when the U.S. Congress authorized Horatio Greenough (1805-1852), the first professionally trained American sculptor to be awarded a federal commission, to create a monument to George Washington for the centennial of the first president’s birthday the rotunda of the United States Capitol. The result of an eight year project was a grand statue of Washington honoring America’s great example of liberty.

(Courtesy Smithsonian's National Museum of American History)

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