Everett McKinley Dirksen - Springfield, Illinois
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 47.856 W 089° 39.222
16S E 272799 N 4408662
Quick Description: Statue of Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen on the grounds of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 5/29/2010 2:44:39 PM
Waymark Code: WM8Y2W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
Views: 5

Long Description:
The statue is a bronze standing Everett Dirksen. At his feet are a busts of a elephant and a donkey, representing the Republic party and the Democratic party. Dirkson, a Republican was noted for his ability to work with both parties to accomplish legislation.

From Wikipedia:
"Everett McKinley Dirksen (January 4, 1896—September 7, 1969) was an American politician of the Republican Party. He represented Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives (1933–49) and U.S. Senate (1951–69). As Senate Minority Leader for over a decade, he played a highly visible and key role in the politics of the 1960s, including helping to write and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Open Housing Act of 1968, both landmarks of civil rights legislation. He was also one of the Senate's strongest supporters of the Vietnam War."
TITLE: Everett McKinley Dirksen

ARTIST(S): Carl Tolpo

DATE: 1975.; Dedicated Sept. 16, 1976.; Copyrighted 1975.

MEDIUM: Bronze on a granite base.


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Illinois State Capitol East lawn, 2nd Street Springfield, Illinois

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