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Hamilton wasn’t laid low in a duel. But congressional officials recently moved Hamilton’s statue out of the Capitol rotunda in exchange for a statue of the 33rd president.
Hamilton’s statue is now exiled to the Capitol’s "Hall of Columns," a lengthy, ornate corridor on the first floor of the House wing.
The congressional statue of former President Harry S. Truman is unveiled in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In the Hall of Columns, Hamilton’s company isn’t quite elite as the roster of presidents which line the rotunda. Hamilton’s now in congressional steerage with a statue of Sen. Jacob Collamer of Vermont. Collamer was a prominent member of the Whig party and served as U.S. postmaster general. Nearby is a statue of Sen. John Kenna, D-W.V., who served in the Confederate Army. Finally, there’s a depiction of John Gorrie of Florida. Gorrie’s claim to fame is that he received a patent for a machine to make ice.
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