Welcome change at our nation’s Capital today with the swearing in of the 110th Congress brought mucho media into the nation’s house for tours and travails.

Scott Simon of NPR’s Talk of the Nation (he’s a nice fit BTW) interviewed Deputy Historian of the House Fred Beuttler, who in part described that each state provides two statues to the Capital building, known collectively as the National Statuary Hall Collection.

Quite a collection, mostly brought together at the turn of the century. Massachusetts sent a young snarly Sam Adams. Nebraska sent William Jennings Bryant. Mississippi sent Jefferson Davis (in 1931!) Washington sent Mother Joseph (a copy of which is at Portland’s Providence Hospital). New Hempshire sent Daniel Webster. Oklahoma sent their great contribution to civil society, Will Rogers.

What was Oregon’s contribution?

Above is Jason Lee, below is Dr. John McLoughlin.

Both are by Gifford MacG. Proctor, both made in 1952 or 1953, both in the same style and reflecting historical figures of Oregon history, both are life size and cast in bronze.

Three nice online databases of all NSHC statues.

Son of Alexander Phimister Proctor, (1860–1950) Gifford Proctor made patriotic and historical sculptures for over 70 years. He died in 2006 in Wilton, Massachusetts.

Proctor’s George Washington, seen here with Proctor, will someday soon be installed at Valley Forge.

I don’t think any Gifford Proctor sculptures are in Oregon, but his father left at least a dozen, including Theodore Roosevelt, Rough Rider in the South Park Blocks of Portland, and Lions, a plaque in the new sculpture garden at the Portland Art Museum. Excellent online bio of Proctor Senior in the OHQ by Peter H. Hassrick.

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