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Statues of Washington, D.C.

A city rich in politics and culture, Washington, D.C. is the capital of America and the center of our governmental system. Washington, D.C. was the home to some of America's most famous and influential historical figures. These figures have been frozen in time as statues for our enjoyment. Follow this slideshow to view the many statues that reside in Washington, D.C.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States (1933-1945). He is the only president to serve four terms in office.

Fun Fact: FDR was the first president to speak on television.

Carol M. Highsmith, a distinguished and widely published American photographer, began donating her work to the Library of Congress in 1992. The Carol M. Highsmith archive at the Library of Congress includes photos from each of the United States and is expected to eventually contain 100,000 photos. Professionally printed and framed prints of these photos are available at PhotographsAmerica.com.

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Fala

Fala is the name of the famous Scottish terrier and companion of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He outlived the president by seven years and is buried alongside him.

Fun Fact: A short documentary film was made about Fala in 1942.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States (1861-1865). He was an opponent of the expansion of slavery and successfully led the country through the Civil War (1861-1865).

Fun Fact: At 6 feet 4 inches, Abraham Lincoln is the tallest U.S. president.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was the prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1940-1945 and 1951-1955. This statue is found on the grounds of the British Embassy.

Fun Fact: Winston Churchill's favorite toys as a child were toy soldiers.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

Mohandras Gandhi
Mohandras Gandhi

Mohandras Karanchand Gandhi was an Indian political and spiritual leader. This statue is found in front of the Indian Embassy.

Fun Fact: The movie Gandhi won eight Academy Awards in 1982, including Best Picture.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator, school founder, and unofficial advisor on African-American issues to presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman. Her statue is found in Lincoln Park.

Fun Fact: Mary McLeod Bethune loved books and once said, "The whole world opened to me when I learned to read."

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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Nathan Hale

School teacher, soldier, and hero of the American Revolution, Nathan Hale is probably best known for the statement "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

Fun Fact: Nathan Hale is called America's first spy.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

Image by Carol M. Highsmith
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. It was during his administration that the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, which doubled the size of the country.

Fun Fact: Thomas Jefferson loved ice cream.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

George Mason
George Mason

George Mason was an early American political leader and member of the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia. He was among those like Patrick Henry who called for a Bill of Rights to be added to the Constitution.

Fun Fact: George Mason refused to sign the United States Constitution because it didn't outlaw slavery.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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