nd District Ohio Senate 64th Ohio House District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
STATUARY COMMITTEE NARROWS THE FIELD TO 10, WILL SEEK THE
OPINIONS OFALL OHIOANS ABOUT WHO SHOULD REPRESENT OUR STATE
Committee announces partnership with Ohio Historical Society, Cincinnati Museum Center and
Western Reserve Historical Society to gather public input throughout Spring
Columbus -After a dozen public hearings, site visits and much deliberation, the General
Assembly’s National Statuary Committee today narrowed the field from more than 90 to 10 great
Ohioans, one of whom could soon be memorialized as one of Ohio’s two representatives in
Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.
Based on the numerical rankings of the six members of the Committee, the following 10 earned
the highest scores:
Ulysses S. Grant
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Taylor Upton
The next step will be to give all Ohioans a chance to pick their favorite from among the 10. The
results of this public input will be reported back to the Committee and will be the single, greatest
factor in determining the final selection sometime in early July. In order to provide ample
opportunity for all Ohioans to participate, the Committee will be partnering with the Ohio
Historical Society, the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Western Reserve Historical Society to
set up polling locations at historical sites and museums around the state from March 20 – June 12.
More details regarding the locations and public input process will be announced at a later date.
“You may have to be 18 to vote in an election, but this is a process open to every Ohio
resident with an interest in our shared history,” Senator Mark Wagoner (R-Ottawa Hills),
who chairs the Statuary Committee, said. “I have learned so much about the contributions
of great men and women from Ohio through my work on the Statuary Committee and it is
my hope that through this process more Ohioans, and especially our schoolchildren, will get
out to our outstanding historical sties and ‘do their homework’ to learn more about the
people who have shaped our history. Their interest and participation will guarantee that we
ultimately pick the right person.”
He noted that a great resource to start learning about the Ohioans under consideration for Statuary
Hall iswww.ohiohistorycentral.com – an online Ohio history encyclopedia sponsored by the
Ohio Historical Society.
“I am glad that we are opening up this debate to the public,” State Rep. Letson said. “The
person chosen will represent all Ohioans at the U.S. Capitol, and therefore it is only fair
that every Ohioan has the chance to weigh-in on the decision. I have had the honor of
speaking with many citizens who are passionate about our state’s colorful history and I am
grateful to be able to give them a chance to have their voices heard by a larger audience.”
“I want to congratulate and thank the people who have nominated so many Ohioans for this
honor as well as the legislators that have participated in the National Statuary Committee
process,” said Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio Historical Society. “This
has been an exciting opportunity for Ohioans to engage passionately in history and we look
forward to working with the Committee as they make their final choice. It is true that the
story of America cannot be told without the important contributions of Ohio and Ohioans.
Now that the field has been narrowed to these 10 Ohioans, I hope we can celebrate and
truly learn from the diversity of each of their contributions to American history.”
The National Statuary Collection Study Committee was created as part of Senate Bill 277 of the
126th General Assembly to select a replacement statue to be displayed at the United States Capitol
as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection. The Committee is comprised of Chairman,
Senator Wagoner, Vice Chairman, Representative Tom Letson (D-Warren), Senator Teresa Fedor
(D-Toledo), Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy), Senator Karen Gillmor (R-Tiffin) and
Representative Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery).
Members are working to present a formal recommendation to the Ohio General Assembly to
replace the statue of former Ohio Governor William Allen with an individual who better
represents the values and heritage of the state of Ohio. The other Ohioan represented is former
President of the United States, Union general and U.S. Representative from Ohio, James A.
For more information about The National Statuary Collection Study Committee please
contact Kristin Strobel in Senator Wagoner’s office at (614) 466-8060. Regarding the
Ohio Historical Society’s participation, please contact Kim Schuette, (614) 297-2314.