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Congregationalists in the National Statuary Collection

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The list below is by no means comprehensive and there may in fact be others in the collection with Congregational ties that I neglected to uncover. However, a representation of 9 out of the 100 statues (9%!) is, I feel, rather impressive!

Note: Clicking on each person's name will take you to their biography over at the Office of the Architect of the Capital.

Ethan Allen — Vermont State founder and, like many of his contemporaries, member of a Puritan church.

Frances Willard — Congregationalist who later converted to Methodist. Willard also attended the Congregationalist Female College of Milwaukee.

John Winthrop — English Puritan whose beliefs eventually lead him to become Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Jonathan Trumbull — Intended to become a Puritan minister and spent a year at Harvard, but was recalled home by a death in the family.

Joseph Ward — Congregational minister and American Missionary Association missionary to the Dakota Territory.

Marcus Whitman — Congregational missionary in the western territories.

Roger Sherman — The only member of the Continental Congress to sign all four major documents produced by the group, and, like so many of his contemporaries, a Puritan.

Roger Williams — Church of England minister turned Puritan pastor whose ideas were too radical for the folks of Massachusetts Bay Colony to deal with.

Samuel Adams — The Boston Tea Party leader was baptized at Old South Church (now Old South Meetinghouse) – the same church as Benjamin Franklin!


Interested in learning more?

-- Sari