Logan Circle Statue

by Prince Of Petworth January 31, 2008 at 11:29 pm 5 Comments

IMG_6595, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

You know, I’ve never really taken the time to admire this statue before. But if you walk up close to it you can really see how fresh it is. I normally just see the horse when I walk by but up close you can see there are interesting friezes all the way around on the base of the statue. But again, forgive my laziness, who the hell was Logan anyway?

  • tim

    Here tis:
    LOGAN, John Alexander, a Representative and a Senator from Illinois; born in Murphysboro, Jackson County, Ill., on February 9, 1826; attended the common schools and studied law; served in the war with Mexico as a lieutenant; returned to Illinois; clerk of the Jackson County Court 1849; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1852, and practiced; member, Illinois house of representatives 1852-1853, 1856-1857; prosecuting attorney for the third judicial district of Illinois 1853-1857; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1856; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1859, until April 2, 1862, when he resigned and entered the Union Army; chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses); during the Civil War was commissioned brigadier general, and then major general of Volunteers, and served until 1865; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth, Forty-first, and Forty-second Congresses and served from March 4, 1867, until his resignation on March 3, 1871, at the end of the Forty-first Congress, having been elected Senator; chairman, Committee on Military Affairs (Forty-first Congress); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1868 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson; conceived of the idea of Memorial Day and inaugurated the observance in May 1868; elected to the United States Senate as a Republican and served from March 4, 1871, to March 3, 1877; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Military Affairs (Forty-third and Forty-fourth Congresses); resumed the practice of law in Chicago; again elected to the United States Senate in 1879; reelected in 1885, and served from March 4, 1879, until his death; chairman, Committee on Military Affairs (Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses); unsuccessful Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1884; died in Washington, D.C., December 26, 1886; lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, December 30-31, 1886; interment in a tomb in the National Cemetery, Soldiers’ Home, Washington, D.C

  • Parkwood Person

    My favorite statue in DC.

  • If I had been the first to comment instead of Tim I would have said “Wolverine”.

    That is a great circle park. DC is full of these that many people miss because when you’re driving around one you don’t have time to admire them because you’re too busy trying to avoid the jackass who doesn’t know what “Yield to Traffic in Circle” means…

  • chris

    Logan’s home is on Logan Circle, on the north corner of P St NW, with the New Orleans-style balconies. There is a story of him recovering McPherson’s body (Yes of McPherson Square), I believe. Also, Logan Square, a neighborhood on the NW Side of Chicago, is named after him. By the way, also on Logan Circle is a home the son of Ulysses S Grant built. I believe it is now numbers 1 and 2 Logan Circle.

  • Anonymous

    Logan is from my hometown Murphysboro, Illinois. He is a real big deal around here. A local museum honors him and his contributions to the Union. It is widely held that it was due to his influence that Southern Illinois stayed in the Union during the Civil War.

    If they (Southern Illinois) joined the Confederates they would have held the very important Ohio, Mississippi Rivers confluence.


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