Dakota Datebook

Teddy Roosevelt Statue

Saturday, March 27, 2010

 

When Henry Waldo Coe moved to Mandan, he was the first physician to settle in the state. He eventually became mayor there, among other prominent positions, and even befriended President Theodore Roosevelt.

Coe later moved away to Oregon, but he maintained this connection. After Roosevelt’s death, he decided to commission a memorial for his famous friend, and commissioned noted sculptor Alexander Phimister Proctor to create the memorial, titled “Rough Rider.”

On this date in 1922, Coe was planning his presentation of the statue of Roosevelt to Portland, Ore. He also presented a second version to Minot, a smaller version to Mandan, and donated the plaster casts used to create the original two statues to the State Historical Society in Bismarck.

Dakota Datebook written by Sarah Walker

Sources:
http://libweb.uoregon.edu/speccoll/mss/inventories/coe.html
http://www.proctormuseum.com/sculptures/monument.html
The Bismarck Tribune, March 29, 1922, p.1
http://www.mandanhistory.org/arealandmarks/roughriderstatue.html

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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