Thursday, May 30, 2013

Allison Monument

Senator William B. Allison, 1829-1908, represented Iowa in Congress for 43 years. He was twice a candidate for the presidential nomination of his party and was a close associate of every United States president from Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt.

In 1917, friends of Senator Allison, citizens and school children of Iowa along with the state Legislature raised the memorial. Evelyn B. Longman of New York designed the monument. A central plaque picturing Allison is flanked by symbols of Knowledge, Legislature and Financial Prosperity on the left. On the right are symbols of Peace, Humanity and Agricultural Prosperity. The topmost figure symbolizes The Republic.

The monument is on display on the Iowa State Capitol Complex in Des Moines and is part of the Monuments and Memorials Tour.