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STRAUS, Oscar S: Memorial Fountain at the Ronald Reagan Bldg in Washington, D.C.
by Adolph Alexander Weinman (click name for more of that artist's work)
located in James M. Goode's Federal Triangle area (click link for more in that area)

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Oscar Solomon Straus (December 23, 1850 May 3, 1926) was United States Secretary of Commerce and Labor under President Theodore Roosevelt from 1906 to 1909. Straus was the first Jew to serve as a Presidential Cabinet Secretary. He left the Commerce Department in 1909 when William Howard Taft became president and became U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire until 1910. In 1912, he ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New York. Source: Wikipedia




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The voice of reason is more to be regarded than the bent of any present inclination

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Liberty of worship is not a concession nor a privilege but an inherent right

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This monument was erected buy public subscription in accordance with the joint resolutionof Congress of December 16 1927 signed by President Coolidge Marge 2 1929 in memory of Oscar S. Straus (1850-1926)
Author: "Origin of Republic Form of Government" 1885 "Roger Williams - Pioneer of Religious Liberty" 1894 "Under Four Administrations" 1922
Diplomat: Minister to Turkey 1887-1888, 1898-1900 Ambassador to Turkey 1909 - 1910

Statesman Secretary of Commerce and Labor 1906 - 1909 Member of the Hague Court of Arbitration 1902-1926
The Oscar S Straus Memorial Association, Inc. October 1947

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Oscar S Straus Memorial Fountain
Eggers & Higgins, Architects
Adolph Weinman, Sculptor
Liberty of Worship and The Voice of Reason
Dedicated October 26, 1947 by President Harry S. Truman
Disassembled and placed in storage in 1991 for the construction of the Ronald Reagan Buildingand International Trade Center. Relocated, conserved and reinstalled with all original materials,except for the replacement of round river rock paving on the upper terrace with square setts ofPolychrome granite
Rededicated October 26, 1998

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More Info
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James M. Goode's
'Washington Sculpture' (hardcover p 158 Item #4.32; Federal Triangle area);
'Outdoor Sculpture' (paperback p174 Item #D-30)

Medium: Bronze, Marble
Artist: Adolph Alexander Weinman (click name for more of that artist's work)
Related subjects: Politicians
Location: 14th St between Pennsylvania & Constitution Aves NW Washington, D.C.
See Federal Triangle area in James Goode's Washington Sculpture
Nearest Metro: Federal Triangle (Orange - Blue - Silver) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number 66400139 (dcMem ID #644 )

Links & other sources
The Names of Washington D.C. (p40)
'Who is That Man Anyway?' on Straus (106)
Wikipedia article on Straus

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