Benjamin Harrison (Niehaus)

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Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison by Charles Henry Niehaus (1908) SOS! Control IAS 76007326.jpg
Artist Charles Henry Niehaus
Year 1908 (1908)
Type bronze
Dimensions 1.3 m × 0.47 m × 0.55 m (4.2 ft × 1.54 ft × 1.8 ft)
Location Indianapolis
Coordinates 39°46′17″N 86°9′25″W / 39.77139°N 86.15694°W / 39.77139; -86.15694

Benjamin Harrison is a public artwork by American artist Charles Henry Niehaus, located in University Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It is a full-length bronze sculptural portrait of 23rd President of the United States, the only U.S. President from Indiana.


The sculpture was designed by Henry Bacon, sculpted by Charles Henry Niehaus, and cast by Gorham Manufacturing Company. The statue was dedicated October 27, 1908.[1] The statue was partially funded by a benefit held at the English Opera House in 1902.[2]

The sculpture depicts Benjamin Harrison standing before a draped, Greek style chair. He wears an open overcoat with one hand upraised and one hand holding gloves. The sculpture is mounted on an oval limestone base with a decorative top border and a relief of an eagle on the front.[3]


University Park is part of the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza in downtown Indianapolis. During his presidential campaign, Benjamin Harrison often gave speeches to traveling delegations in University Park.[4]

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  1. ^ "Benjamin Harrison (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  2. ^ "I Heart Harrison". Indianapolis Monthly: 160. February 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  3. ^ Save Outdoor Sculpture, Indiana Survey (1993). "Benjamin Harrison (sculpture)". SIRIS. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Bodenhamer, David J.; Barrows, Robert G. (1994). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indiana University Press. p. 661. ISBN 0-253-31222-1. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 

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