Torrey Statue in Des Moines, Iowa

This unusual bronze statue presents President Lincoln in a fatherly role with his youngest son Tad (Thomas). Sculptor Fred Torrey selected the pose from the famous photograph of Lincoln and his son taken during the Civil War. Torrey's wife Mabel created the idealized figure of Tad.

The statue, inscribed simply as "Lincoln and Tad," has been on the grounds west of the Iowa State Capitol building since 1961. School children throughout Iowa contributed to the monument's cost in a statewide penny drive.

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