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LINCOLN, Abraham (kneeling in prayer): Statue inside the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
by Herbert S Houck

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The following is taken from a sermon entitled, 'Jonah, The Reluctant Prophet of Peace ,' by The Very Reverend Nathan D. Baxter Dean. You can see the entire sermon at Cathedral.org.

"My favorite statute in this Cathedral is at the entrance to the North Parclose steps. It is Abraham Lincoln kneeling in prayer. Its inspiration came from the sculptor, Herbert S. Houck, whose grandfather saw Lincoln kneeling in the woods just before delivering the Gettysburg Address. Whenever I see this magnificent statute I think of the words ascribed to a great President in the time of America’s most painful war: 'I have often been driven to my knees by the knowledge that I had no place else to go." '

Normally we don't include indoor sculpture at www.dcMemorials.com but occasionally make an exception when there's a reason to do so. This statue was included by the welcome suggestion of Sharon Troute of Ohio. If you'd like to recommend an item for inclusion here, send an email to marv@dcmemorials.com.
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Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the sixteenth President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1861 until his assassination. As an outspoken opponent of the expansion of slavery in the United States, Lincoln won the Republican Party nomination in 1860 and was elected president later that year. During his term, he helped preserve the United States by leading the defeat of the secessionist Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. He introduced measures that resulted in the abolition of slavery, issuing his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoting the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865. Lincoln closely supervised the victorious war effort, especially the selection of top generals, including Ulysses S. Grant. Source: Wikipedia




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Medium: Bronze
Artist: Herbert S Houck
Related subjects:
US Presidents; Abraham Lincoln
Location: Massachusetts & Wisconsin Aves NW (Atop the stairway at the end of the left (north) aisle) Washington, D.C. National Cathedral

Nearest Metro: Woodley Park - Zoo - Adams Morgan (Red) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number 76006393 (dcMem ID #1484 )

Links & other sources
Wikipedia article on Lincoln
Cathedral.org article w/ a mention of the statue

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