Lincoln statue by Adolph Weinman, Hodgenville, Kentucky

Lincoln statue by Adolph Weinman, 1909

Lincoln statue by Adolph Weinman, 1909

B. Nash in Hodgenville

B. Nash in Hodgenville

D. Nash with Lincoln statue by Weinman

D. Nash with Lincoln statue by Weinman

A visit to Hodgenville, Kentucky. This is where it all started for Abraham Lincoln. He was born just a few miles from the public square that hosts the beautiful statue of the sitting Lincoln by Adolph Weinman. Mr. Weinman also provided the statue of Lincoln at Frankfort.  The statue, in my humble opinion, is one of the better ones for likeness of Abe. I remember reading that Weinman was a perfectionist. He had completely destroyed one of his life-size models that he had been working on for over a year because he felt he could do better. The final outcome resulted in the seated Lincoln statue.  The sculpter had studied under Saint-Gaudens. He was born in Germany but came to the United States at a very eary age. He also worked, by the way, with Daniel Chester French.
The statue dedication took place on Memorial Day, 1909.  Veterans of the Civil War were there-both those who wore the gray and those who wore the blue. Most notable of all, perhaps, was the presence of Robert Todd Lincoln. He was 66 years of age-10 years older at that point than the age of his father at his death. One of Mary Todd Lincoln’s half-sisters was there also ( Mrs. Ben Hardin Helm). She was Mary Todd’s favorite sister-and was accorded the honor of unveiling the statue. This is most touching and interesting-considering that her husband had been a Confederate General.
The keynote speaker at the dedication was Henry Watterson. Among his remarks are the following sentences:
“”…But when the final trial came the one American who held to the keynote was Abraham Lincoln. He could not be diverted from it. He stood Doric, the embodiment of the Union. We owe it’s preservation to his wisdom, to his integrity, to his firmness and his courage.”
Robert Todd Lincoln must have been pleased with the ceremonies and the statue. Weinman had studied the “Volk Lincoln”, but he clearly found his own “Lincoln” in this wonderful work. Several replicas of the statue were produced. The statue in Hodgenville is surrounded by a complex of various places of business-including a Lincoln Museum.
Seated Lincoln by Weinman

Seated Lincoln by Weinman

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5 Responses to “Lincoln statue by Adolph Weinman, Hodgenville, Kentucky”

  1. B. Nash says:

    That’s great Dave. My email addres is

  2. Dave Wiegers says:

    Sure, that would be great. It is one of one two or three statues of Lincoln as a young boy. Mot of the works of lincoln in his younger days start when he was a teenager or older.
    I’ll put something together for you. Should I email to you? If so, send me an email and I’ll provide you with some info and a picture or two of this one and the other “boy” Lincolns.

  3. B. Nash says:

    I also just love this particular statue! Thanks for the info of the copy in Wisconsin. Yes, the boy statue was there too. If you care to give me some info on it-I’ll make a posting about it. May I do that?

  4. Dave Wiegers says:

    This is one of my favorites.
    The full-sized copy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison is actually much more dramatic. It sets atop the highest spot on the UofW campus in front of Bascom Hall. You can see for miles from Abe’s perch. The bust from this work is quite popular and many versions of it are displayed aroond the country.
    Was the new boy Lincoln statue erected opposite Weinman’s Lincoln when you were in Hodgenville?
    There is another Lincoln by the same artist in the rotunda of the state capital buidling in Frankfort, KY.

  5. Nate says:

    Lincoln seated…quiet, reflective, wise, welcoming…

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