The State of Texas
and U. S. Capitol Building in Washington DC
Stephen F. Austin Marble by Elisabet Ney.
Given in 1905; located in small House rotunda.
Sam Houston Marble by Elisabet Ney. Given in
1905; located in National Statuary Hall.
By act of Congress July 2, 1864
"...the President is hereby authorized to invite each and all the
States to provide and furnish statues, in marble or bronze, not
exceeding two in number for each State, of deceased persons who have
been citizens thereof, and illustrious for their historic renown or
for distinguished civic or military services such as each State may
deem to be worthy of this national commemoration; and when so
furnished the same shall be placed in the Old Hall of the House of
Representatives, in the Capitol of the United States, which is set
apart, or so much thereof as may be necessary, as a national
statuary hall for the purpose herein indicated."
Each of the States has two statues in the U. S. Capitol
Building except, New Mexico and Nevada. They only have one
each. I don't guess they have figured out anybody else
important enough to carve.
Texas submitted two statues by the sculptor Elisabet Ney.
They were marble likenesses of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston.
The Stephen F. Austin statue is located in the small House rotunda,
just off the main rotunda and the Sam Houston statue is located in
the National Statuary Hall next to the rotunda.
Elisabet Ney was commissioned to model Sam Houston and Stephen F.
Austin for the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. In 1905 marble
sculptors based on these models were donated to the U. S. Capitol
The Architect of the Capitol
Elisabet Ney 1833–1907
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