Senate approves plan to bring James Harlan statue to Mt. Pleasant
DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate, in a unanimous vote Monday, approved a plan to move a statue of former Mt. Pleasant resident and U.S. Senator James Harlan from the U.S. Capitol to Mt. Pleasant.
The Iowa House already has approved the plan, which will now go back to the House and then sent to the governor for his signature.
The statue will be moved to the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College where Harlan served as president in the mid-1800s before being elected to the U.S. Senate. The Harlan-Lincoln House on IWC’s campus is named after the Harlan family, which included a son-in-law who was the son of President Abraham Lincoln.
The bronze-cast Harlan statue has been in the National Statuary Hall at the Capitol since 1910. Each state is allowed two statues in the hall.
Harlan’s statue will be replaced by a statue of Norman Borlaug, who received the Nobel Prize in 1970 for boosting agricultural production and founded the World Food Prize.