US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 – City of Presidents Tour Rapid City, SD

City of Presidents Guide

On a road trip in May of 2022, we found ourselves in Rapid City, South Dakota. We had visited Mt. Rushmore on a previous visit but had never checked out what they call the City of Presidents. This is a series of life-sized bronze statues located among the city and streets of downtown Rapid City. According to their site, The City of Presidents project began in 2000 to honor the legacy of the American presidency. Each sculpture is privately funded, and the pattern of placement was chosen to maintain an orderly structure and eliminate any sense of favoritism or political gain. The City of Presidents is part of the Rapid City Historic District Tour. This is part 2 of a 5 part series on these amazing statues and includes the US Presidential Statues 1841-1877. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoyed learning a lot of history while doing research.

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 include former Presidents:

John Tyler

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 -TylerJoTenth President

Date of Birth – March 29, 1790

Birthplace – Charles City County, Virginia

Education – College of William and Mary (graduated 1807)

Career – Lawyer

Political Party – Democrat, Whig

Nickname – “Accidental President;” “His Accidency”

Date of Inauguration – April 4, 1841

Date Ended – March 4, 1845

Date of Death – January 18, 1862

Burial place – Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

Quote – “There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power. I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.”

James K Polk

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 - PolkEleventh President

Date of Birth – November 2, 1795

Birthplace – Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Education – The University of North Carolina (graduated 1818)

Career – Lawyer

Political Party – Democrat

Nickname – “Young Hickory”

Date of Inauguration – March 4, 1845

Date Ended – March 5, 1849

Date of Death – June 15, 1849

Burial place – State Capitol Grounds, Nashville, Tennessee

Quote – “There are four great measures for my administration – a reduction of tariff, an independent treasury, settlement of the Oregon boundary and acquisition of California.”

Zachary Taylor

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 - TaylorTwelfth President

Date of Birth – November 24, 1784

Birthplace – Barboursville, Virginia

Education – College of William and Mary (graduated 1807)

Career -Soldier

Political Party – Whig

Nickname – “Old Rough and Ready”

Date of Inauguration – March 5, 1849

Date Ended – July 9, 1850

Date of Death – July 9, 1850

Burial place – Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, near Louisville, Kentucky

Quote – “A strong reputation is like a good bonfire. When you have one kindled it’s easy to keep the flame burning, even if someone comes along and tries to piss on it. But if you fall asleep and neglect it…You’ll wake up with ashes.”

Millard Fillmore

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 - FillmoreThirteenth President

Date of Birth – January 7, 1800

Birthplace – Summerhill, New York

Education – Six months of grade school; read law in 1822

Career – Lawyer

Political Party – Whig

Nickname – “The American Louis Philippe”

Date of Inauguration – July 10, 1850

Date Ended – March 4, 1853

Date of Death – March 8, 1874

Burial place – Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York

Quote – “Nations, like individuals in a state of nature, are equal and independent, possessing certain rights and owing certain duties to each other.”

Franklin Pierce

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 - PierceFourteenth President

Date of Birth – November 23, 1804

Birthplace – Hillsborough (now Hillsboro), New Hampshire

Education – Bowdoin College (graduated 1824)

Career – Lawyer, Public Official

Political Party – Democrat

Nickname – “Young Hickory of the Granite Hills”

Date of Inauguration – March 4, 1853

Date Ended – March 4, 1857

Date of Death – October 8, 1869

Burial place – Old North Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire

Quote – “I can express no better hope for my country than that the kind Providence which smiled upon our fathers may enable their children to preserve the blessings they have inherited.”

James Buchanan

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 - BuchananFifteenth President

Date of Birth – April 23, 1791

Birthplace – Cove Gap (near Mercersburg), Pennsylvania

Education – Dickinson College (graduated 1809)

Career – Lawyer

Political Party – Democrat

Nickname – “Old Buck”

Date of Inauguration – March 4, 1857

Date Ended – March 4, 1861

Date of Death – June 1, 1868

Burial place – Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Quote – “Liberty must be allowed to work out its natural results; and these will, ere long, astonish the world.”

Abraham Lincoln

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 - LincolnSixteenth President

Date of Birth – February 12, 1809

Birthplace – Hardin (now Larue) County, Kentucky

Education –

Career – Lawyer

Political Party – Whig; Republican

Nickname – “Honest Abe”; “Illinois Rail-Splitter”

Date of Inauguration – March 4, 1861

Date Ended – April 15, 1865

Date of Death – April 15, 1865

Burial place – Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois

Quote – “If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

Andrew Johnson

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 - JohnsonSeventeenth President

Date of Birth – December 29, 1808

Birthplace – Raleigh, North Carolina

Education –

Career – Tailor; Public Official

Political Party – Democrat; Unionist

Nickname – None

Date of Inauguration – April 15, 1865

Date Ended – March 4, 1869

Date of Death – July 31, 1875

Burial place – Greeneville, Tennessee

Quote -“When I die, I desire no better winding sheet than the Stars and Stripes, and no softer pillow than the Constitution of my country.”

Ulysses S. Grant

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 - GrantEighteenth President

Date of Birth -April 27, 1822

Birthplace – Point Pleasant, Ohio

Education – U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York (graduated 1843)

Career – Soldier

Political Party – Republican

Nickname – “Hero of Appomattox”

Date of Inauguration – March 4, 1869

Date Ended – March 4, 1877

Date of Death – July 23, 1885

Burial place – Grant’s Tomb, New York, New York

Quote – “The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who have helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877

US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 - Lincoln2
Us with the Lincoln Statue

We had a great time checking out the US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 while in Rapid City. Here is a link to a map of which presidents are included in the City of Presidents, and on which street corners they can be found. If you are in the area, it is a fun adventure. One thing to note, a server at a restaurant shared that during the winter people will put gloves, hats, scarves, etc on the statues for the homeless people to take and use. I thought that was quite kind of the people of Rapid City.   Here are the links to other posts on this series:

US Presidential Statues 1789-1841 
US Presidential Statues 1877-1913
US Presidential Statues 1913-1969



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7 thoughts on “US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 – City of Presidents Tour Rapid City, SD

  1. Very Fascinating. I live in Canada, but am always interested in USA, and have lived in Hawaii and in California, and have visited many of the states. Thank you for your in-depth photos and details about the City of Presidents. I have visited Mt. Rushmore, many, many years ago! Diana

    1. Thank you for the message Diana, and greetings to those of you in Canada. Hope you had a nice Canada Day.

    1. Hi Lisa, thank you for the msg. Hope you enjoy your next road trip wherever it may take you 🙂 Happy travels.

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