MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa – Neumann Brothers, Inc. placed the bronze statue of James Harlan at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, IA. James Harlan served as the Secretary of the Interior for President Andrew Johnson, an Iowa State Senator, and Iowa Wesleyan College President from 1853-1855 and 1869-1870. He was also a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Harlan's daughter, Mary, married Robert Todd Lincoln, the 16th president’s son.
The statue previously resided in the Hall of Columns at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. for 104 years. The statue was removed, crated, and transported by Ruan Transportation earlier this summer. Neumann Brothers oversaw the uncrating, rigging, and installation of the historic statue. The base of the statue is granite and weighs 5,000 pounds. The statue itself stands 8-feet tall, and weighs in at 2,500 pounds.
The James Harlan statue was replaced by a statue of Iowa native Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. The unveiling for the James Harlan statue will take place on Thursday, August 28th at 2 p.m. at Iowa Wesleyan College.