Lincoln in Ohio’s Rotunda: ‘ … very much like the critter.’

Bust of Abe Lincoln, part of the “Lincoln and Solders’ Monument” in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda.

The Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse features Abraham Lincoln atop Cincinnati sculptor Thomas Dow Jones’ “Lincoln and Solders’ Monument,” which also depicts the Confederate surrender at Vicksburg in marble relief.

Vicksburg held significance for Ohio in that it was a major Union victory, won under the direction of three Ohio generals – Gens. Ulysses S. Grant, William Sherman and James McPherson.

Jones completed the full sculpture in 1871.

The white Carara marble bust of Abraham Lincoln is one of only five statues that the 16th U.S. President sat for in his lifetime.

Jones asked Lincoln what he thought of the likeness. Lincoln replied, “I think it looks very much like the critter.”

 

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