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Senator Shelby Cullom Appeals To Fellow Senator Boies...

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SHELBY MOORE CULLOM (1829-1914). Cullom was both a Representative and Senator from Illinois, as well as Governor of Illinois. TLS. 2pgs. November 20, 1912. Washington D.C. A typed letter signed "SM Cullom" as Senator from Illinois. It is addressed to fellow Senator Boies Penrose and concerns the Lincoln Memorial. Cullom sat on the committee that chose Henry Bacon's design for the monument, and he appeals to Penrose to help the necessary resolution pass the Senate. Bacon's design succeeded in getting approval. The Lincoln Memorial was began in 1914 and completed in 1920: "My dear Senator: During the last Congress a bill was passed to provide a commission to secure plans and designs for a monument or memorial to the memory of Abraham Lincoln to cost not more than $2,000,000, and be located in the city of Washington. Under this act a commission consisting of President Taft; Mr. Wetmore, Mr. Money and myself, of the Senate; Speaker Clark, former Speaker Cannon, and Mr. McCall, of the House, was created. This commission has held twelve or fifteen meetings to consider the question of the selection of a site and design and by a majority vote recommend that a particular design by Mr. Henry Bacon, of New York City, be selected and that the memorial be located in Potomac Park. The law provides that the recommendation of the commission be approved by Congress, and, therefore, at the first opportunity, I shall offer in the Senate a resolution of approval, make a few remarks, and ask for its immediate consideration. I am exceedingly anxious that the resolution be adopted. I shall retire from the Senate on the fourth of March, next, and am intensely desirous to get work started on the Lincoln memorial before the time. In my thirty years of service as a Senator, I have never made a personal appeal in behalf of any measure, but I feel like doing so in this case and shall be personally grateful to you for your support of the resolution when it comes before the Senate for disposition. With great respect, I am, Very sincerely yours, Sm Cullom". The letter is in fine condition. It is accompanied by a printed copy of the 1911 act establishing the committee Cullom participated in.
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