Olive Risley Seward


Looking good. Olive Risley Seward was “the adopted daughter of William Henry Seward, United States Secretary of State under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.” From wikipedia:

“In 1971, sculptor John Cavanaugh chose to create a statue honoring her rather than her accomplished father. A picture of her was not found at the time, so Cavanaugh sculpted his idea of an idealized Victorian lady instead. The statue stands in front of a private residence on North Carolina Avenue and Sixth Street, SE in Washington, D.C.. The subject’s head is turned to the left as if gazing toward the nearby Seward Square, named for her adoptive father. Olive died in Washington, D.C., and is buried in Fredonia, NY with her parents.”




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  • Thanks for posting these photos – she looks great with the forsythia. This is one of my favorite statues in DC. Anyone interested in Cavanaugh’s work should check out the 1700 block of Corcoran St NW (buildings on the south side, midblock) and the 1800 block of Swann St NW (northwest side, corner of 18th).

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