WASHINGTON — So what if the British burned the U.S. Capitol? That was way back during the
The bust was the idea of House Speaker
That bust, lent to President
The bust coming to the Capitol, donated by the Chicago-based Churchill Centre, is due to be unveiled in a ceremony later this month.
The House voted to place a Churchill bust in the Capitol in 2011, shortly before the 70th anniversary of Churchill’s address to a joint meeting of
Placing a bust of Churchill in the Capitol is a "fitting recognition of his service to the cause of freedom and his friendship to the United States," Boehner recently said. The speaker has noted that the British have a statue of
Although the Capitol is full of statues of important -- and sometimes obscure -- figures in U.S. history, few foreigners are honored. A portrait of the Marquis de Lafayette, the first foreign dignitary to address a joint meeting of Congress in 1824, hangs to the left of the speaker's rostrum in the House chamber.
Churchill died in 1965 at age 90.
According to the Churchill Centre, the work is a casting of a Churchill bust sculpted by Oscar Nemon. Copies of the bust can be found in the Churchill War Rooms in London and in the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow.
House officials have yet to say where the bust will be located. It could end up near the statue of Oklahoma humorist Will Rogers, whose visage faces the House, supposedly in keeping with his famous advice to "keep an eye on Congress."