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On July 4, 1914, a delegation of citizens of North Dakota, led by Gov. Louis B. Hanna, gathered in the city of Oslo, Norway, to present this monument, featuring a larger than life size bronze bust of President Lincoln, and two bronze tablets. One tablet contains an excerpt from the Gettysburg Address, and the other the inscription: “Presented to Norway by the people of North Dakota, U.S.A., July 4th, 1914.”
The occasion was a Norwegian Homecoming Festival, which was attended by fully 20,000 Norwegian-Americans. And the choice of subject was based on Lincoln’s signing of the Homestead Act of 1862, whereby thousands of Norwegians were able to settle in Dakota Territory. The monument stands in Oslo’s Vigeland Park.

[http://www.asjournal.org/60-2016/statues-status-lincoln-europe/] recounts:

"The mood surrounding this monument, would alter radically when, during World War II, Norway was invaded by the Germans. Many looked to America to help defeat the Nazis, although the United States was not yet officially involved in the European conflict. In the wake of occupation, Norwegians embraced this Lincoln memorial as a place of hope and resistance.

"Nazi occupiers forbade public demonstrations, but Norwegians turned out each year on July 4th —beginning in 1940—as a silent protest. This ceremony continued throughout the war, replaced by real celebrations after 1945. Thousands of Norwegians would gather around the statue, their heads bowed in silence and prayer. Thus Lincoln became inspirational for a generation of wartime Norwegians to stand up for freedom." [see: Collin, Andrea Winkjer: "1862 Homestead Act Weaves a Common Thread.” North Dakota Horizons (Summer 2008)]

NOTE: We have another thread somewhere that mentions someone mistaking a furled Norwegian flag for the CBF. Tripadvisor, has a photo of this monument flanked by a Marine holding the stars and stripes, and a Norwegian soldier holding the Norwegian flag -- it's easy to see how that mistake could occur.
 
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Abraham Lincoln -- The Hoosier Youth stands in front of the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where it was dedicated in 1932. At the time, it was regarded as perhaps the first statue to portray Lincoln's early life in Indiana. It is also notable for the figure of a symbolic hound, who sits beside him.

The first photo shows the full-size statue. The second is a smaller commemorative replica issued by the company. According to the history of the statue, sculptor Paul Manship included the hound to represent Lincoln's human sympathy and protectiveness. In addition to publishing the story of the statue, the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company also published the remarks made at the dedication ceremony.

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"Return Visit" | 31-ft. Lincoln Sculpture

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Internationally acclaimed public art sculptor Seward Johnson (grandson of the Johnson & Johnson founder) took three years to create this monumental painted bronze of Abraham Lincoln standing with a modern "common man” holding Lincoln's Gettysburg address. Entitled "Return Visit," the 31-ft. tall, 19-ton work was completed in 2014 and patterned after a lifesize 1991 commission permanently located in Gettysburg.

The artist's intention was to show that the Gettysburg Address is just as relevant to our society today as it was when written by Lincoln in 1863.

Before its dramatic installation at Museum September 19 the giant Lincoln sculpture had become known to millions in Chicago where it has stood in front of the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue for a year.

Giant Lincoln is here to help kick off the Museum's Illinois Bicentennial exhibition (Spring 2018) will be at the Museum for one year.
 

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A Lincoln statue in downtown Clinton by sculptor Albert L. van den Bergen commemorates
Lincoln’s frequent visits.

September 2, 1858: Abraham Lincoln speaks in Clinton, IL

Vespasian Warner (1842-1925) recalls a speech Lincoln gave in Clinton, IL on September 2, 1858 during the middle of the Lincoln-Douglas debates:

“I remember this incident myself. I was reading law in Mr. Weldon’s office and Judge Douglas was billed to address a political meeting, Democratic, here in Clinton. Mr. Weldon wrote down to Springfield telling Mr. Lincoln of it and telling him he had better come up and hear what Judge Douglas said.

The people came into town in their wagons and they erected a platform right west of town where the roads fork, for the speaker, and there was a big crowd there. Judge Douglas was there and a lot of people were on the platform and he got up and was addressing the crowd, and he had not been talking long when Mr. Lincoln arrived in a buggy from Springfield. He got up on the platform behind Judge Douglas and Douglas didn’t know he was there.

Douglas, knowing that almost a majority of the people were from the South, accused Mr. Lincoln of being in favor of Negro equality and he went on in that way. When he finished, they cheered him and then the people out in the crowd began to yell for Lincoln, LINCOLN!

He arose and Douglas turned and looked at him and the two men looked at each other. Mr. Lincoln faced the crowd and said that that was Judge Douglas’ meeting and he, Lincoln, had no right to speak there but if they wanted to hear him if they would appear in the courthouse square that night at early candle light he would talk to them and the meeting then adjourned.

And that night they put up a platform of dry goods boxes on the north side of the courthouse, got some torches, and Mr. Lincoln got up and in talking to them Mr. Lincoln said that Judge Douglas had accused him of being in favor of Negro equality.

He said he wasn’t in favor of Negro equality to the extent Judge Douglas would have them believe, but that he did believe that the colored man had as much right to eat the bread earned by the sweat of his own face as Judge Douglas himself, or any other living man, and that was the thing that really caused the general debate between Douglas and Lincoln in the state of Illinois.”
 

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Harney Statue in Bloomington, Illinois
Visitors to the McLean County Museum of History may encounter a statue of Abraham Lincoln on the east lawn. The Lincoln Bench by sculptor Rick Harney offers great photo opportunities to pose beside a likeness of Illinois' favorite son. Lincoln knew this location well because he tried many cases in the second McLean County Courthouse which stood here from 1836 to 1868.
The bronze statue was unveiled in July 2000 during the 150th anniversary of Bloomington's incorporation. Mayor Judy Markowitz donated it to the city in honor of the Stern family.
 

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Jumonville Statue in Bloomington, Illinois
Named "The Convergence of Purpose," this statue grouping by local artist Andrew Jumonville stands in Lincoln Park outside the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. It depicts Abraham Lincoln during the 1850s between two longtime friends from Bloomington-Normal: Jesse Fell and David Davis. Fell famously asked Lincoln for an autobiography to help promote him and Davis served as Lincoln's campaign manager in the 1860 presidential race.
Dedicated on October 23, 2010, the bronze work was sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of McLean County, the City of Bloomington, County of McLean, and Town of Normal. It symbolizes the influence of these "Friends, lawyers, politicians, who mastered the art of politics, built the Republican Party, and together fostered '... a new birth of Freedom.'"
 

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Abe on a Horse! Reading, as old Dobbin grazes.
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Sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973), designed and modeled Equestrian Lincoln (Lincoln the Itinerant Lawyer) late in life. Begun in 1961, completed in 1963, the statue is meant to evoke Lincoln's lifelong commitment to learning. From the original mold were cast several copies. The first cast was used to mark the entrance of the Illinois State Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, and it can now be seen in the New Salem Historic Park in New Salem, Illinois. In 1965 a second replica was sent by U.S. naval ship to Vienna as a gift from the 89-year-old Hyatt Huntington to the Austrian people after the Austrian Minister of Education reportedly admired the work at the World’s Fair. The example shown here was unveiled by General Eisenhower in October 1965, on the grounds of Columbia University in New York. Two additional castings can be seen in the United States today: one on Syracuse University's Environmental Science and Forestry Campus; and another on the grounds of the public library in Bethel, Connecticut.
 

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A monumental bas relief on the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York, shows Abraham Lincoln as president during his visit to Virginia, shortly before his assassination. William Rudolf O'Donovan (1844-1920) modeled the Lincoln figure, while Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins (1844-1916), created the horse. Cast in 1893, the relief was installed and dedicated in 1901.

(NOTE: Although he worked in many mediums, as a sculptor Thomas Eakins more or less specialized in horses, and many equestrian monuments can be found featuring his horses combined with riders created by other sculptors.)
 

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This was a thread begun and favored by our lamented comrade, Chellers, and I'd like to keep it alive in her memory. That dauntless lady contributed to the first page of the thread one Equestrian Lincoln -- or, to be more accurate "Abe Lincoln Off his Horse:"
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Abraham Lincoln and his horse, Old Bob, at President Lincoln's Cottage, Washington, D.C.

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This is an excellent, life-sized statue of Abraham Lincoln and Old Bob, located just outside the Lincoln Cottage on the Old Soldier’s Home grounds. It was completed in 2008 by Brooklyn artist Ivan Schwartz. "The statue has sharp knuckles and visible veins in this hands. We see the characteristic wrinkles of Lincoln’s cheeks but also the crows feet and deep bags under his eyes true to photographs from that time. We can approach the statue, look Lincoln in the eyes (or not quite, given his height), and stand in the man’s proverbial presence."
 
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Agree, Chellers has several of the longest, most delightful threads here for a reason. She was delightful.

The Old Bob statue, with an obvious perspective on height reminds me of the horse given Lincoln for one parade or event? ( someone help, please? Which event? ) Horse was too small. Lincoln's feet seemed to dangle so close to the ground someone in the crowd recommended he just stand up and allow the horse to walk out from under him.
 

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Lincoln at Ford's Theater, 1865
Figurative artist George Stuart specializes in mixed-media portraits of figures from history. He had created over 400 of these so far, including the series, “Personalities of the Civil War Time.” His several ¼ scale images of Abraham Lincoln, feature incredible detail.
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Lincoln the Rail-splitter (1832) & Lincoln of the Debates (1858)
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Lincoln the new President (1861)​
Mr Stuart's other Civil War period creations include Davis, Lee, Grant, Stanton, Mary Lincoln, and others.

See the complete collection HERE.
 

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