Russell alger memorial fountain
Russell Alger Memorial Fountain
by Henry Bacon and Daniel Chester French
The Russell A. Alger Memorial Fountain stands on the east side of Grand Circus Park. The monument features a statue of a woman about 7 feet tall wearing a headdress and a flowing gown and carrying a sword and a shield that bears the state seal. Her right hand is raised in greeting. She is the bronze personification of the state of Michigan. Alger is depicted on the memorial on a base relief on the granite pedestal, surrounded by laurel. Lion heads on the pedestal spit out water. The base of the memorial is inscribed “Russell A. Alger— Soldier — Statesman Citizen — 1836-1907.” Alger was a lumber baron and railroad man who rose to become a U.S. senator and later was governor from 1885 to 1887. He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president in 1888. Alger later served as President William McKinley’s secretary of war, and when the president was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz — a Michigan native and former Detroiter — on Sept. 6, 1901, Alger said: “The root of anarchy which has been started in our country and which has resulted in the loss of a president should be stamped out. It is our imperative duty to stamp out the evil.” Media: Bronze, Granite
Location East Adams Street and Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Mich., MI
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