US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 – City of Presidents Tour Rapid City, SD

City of Presidents GuideOn 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 4 of a 5 part series on these amazing statues and includes US Presidential statues 1913-1969. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoyed learning a lot about our former Presidents while doing research.

US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 include former presidents:

Woodrow Wilson

US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 - WIlsonTwenty-Eighth President

Date of Birth – December 28, 1856

Birthplace – Staunton, Virginia

Education – College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), graduated 1879.

Career – Professor, College Administration, Public Official

Political Party – Democratic

Nickname – “Schoolmaster in Politics”

Date of Inauguration – March 4, 1913

Date Ended – March 4, 1921

Date of Death – February 3, 1924

Burial place – National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

Quote – “America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal – to discover and maintain liberty among men.”

Warren G. Harding

US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 - HardingTwenty-Ninth President

Date of Birth – November 2, 1865

Birthplace – Corsica (now Blooming Grove), Ohio

Education – Ohio Central College (graduated 1882)

Career – Editor-Publisher

Political Party – Republican

Nickname –

Date of Inauguration – March 4, 1921

Date Ended – August 2, 1923

Date of Death – August 2, 1923

Burial place – Harding Memorial, Marion, Ohio

Quote –  “Treat your friend as if he will one day be your enemy, and your enemy as if he will one day be your friend.”

Calvin Coolidge

US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 - CoolidgeThirtieth President

Date of Birth – July 4, 1872

Birthplace – Plymouth Notch, Vermont

Education – Amherst College (graduated 1895)

Career – Lawyer

Political Party – Republican

Nickname –  “Silent Cal”

Date of Inauguration – August  2, 1923

Date Ended – March 4, 1929

Date of Death – January 5, 1933

Burial place – Plymouth Notch, Vermont

Quote –  “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”

Herbert Hoover

US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 - HooverThirty-First  President

Date of Birth – August 10, 1874

Birthplace – West Branch, Iowa

Education – Stanford University (graduated 1895)

Career – Engineer

Political Party – Republican

Nickname –

Date of Inauguration – March 4, 1929

Date Ended – March 4, 1933

Date of Death – October 20, 1964

Burial place – West Branch, Iowa

Quote – “Within the soul of America is freedom of mind and spirit in man. Here alone are the open windows through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit. Here alone is human dignity not a dream but an accomplishment. Perhaps it is not perfect, but it is more full in realization here than any other place in the world.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 - RooseveltThirty-Second  President

Date of Birth – January 30, 1882

Birthplace – Hyde Park, New York

Education – Harvard College (graduated 1903), Columbia Law School

Career – Public Official, Lawyer

Political Party – Democrat

Nickname – “FDR”

Date of Inauguration – March 4, 1933

Date Ended – April 12, 1945

Date of Death – April 12, 1945

Burial place – Hyde Park, New York

Quote – “In these days of difficulty, we Americans must and shall choose the path of social justice… the path of faith, the path of hope and the path of love toward our fellow man.”

Harry S. Truman

US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 - TrumanThirty-Third  President

Date of Birth – May 8, 1884

Birthplace – Lamar, MO

Education –

Career – Farmer, Businessman, Public Official

Political Party – Democrat

Nickname – “Give ’Em Hell Harry”

Date of Inauguration – April 12, 1945

Date Ended – January 20, 1953

Date of Death -December 26, 1972

Burial place – Independence, MO

Quote – “Whether discrimination is based on race, or creed, or color, or land of origin, it is utterly contrary to American ideals of democracy.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 - EisenhowerThirty-Fourth  President

Date of Birth – October 14, 1890

Birthplace – Denison, Texas

Education – U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York (graduated 1915)

Career – Soldier

Political Party – Republican

Nickname – “Ike”

Date of Inauguration – January 20, 1953

Date Ended – January 20, 1961

Date of Death -March 28, 1969

Burial place – Abilene, Kansas

Quote –  “This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”

John F. Kennedy

US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 - KennedyThirty-Fifth  President

Date of Birth – May 29, 1917

Birthplace – Brookline, Massachusetts

Education – Harvard (1940)

Career – Author, U.S. Navy Officer, Journalist, Public Official

Political Party –  Democrat

Nickname – “JFK,” “Jack”

Date of Inauguration – January 20, 1961

Date Ended – November 22, 1963

Date of Death -November 22, 1963

Burial place – Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Quote –  “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 - JohnsonThirty-Sixth  President

Date of Birth – August 27, 1908

Birthplace – Johnson City, Texas

Education – Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University-San Marcos), graduated 1930; Georgetown Law School, attended 1934

Career – Teacher, Public Official

Political Party –  Democrat

Nickname – “LBJ”

Date of Inauguration – November 22, 1963

Date Ended – January 20, 1969

Date of Death -January 22, 1973

Burial place – Near Johnson City, Texas

Quote –  “We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. It is time now to write the next chapter – and to write it in the books of law.”

US Presidential Statues 1913-1969

Rapid City Downtown Sign
Downtown Rapid City

We had a great time checking out the US Presidential Statues 1913-1969 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. Please come back Wednesday for the final list of US Presidents from 1969-2017.

Here are the links to my earlier posts on this series:

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



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