May 30, 2024 - History

These Ohio statues stand in the U.S. Capitol

Photos showing U.S. Capitol statues of President Garfield and Thomas Edison.

Statues honoring the state of Ohio inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Photos: Courtesy of Architect of the Capitol

Like all states, Ohio sends two senators to represent us in Washington, D.C.

Yes, but: What you might not know is the U.S. Capitol building features two other famous Ohioans — in bronze form.

Driving the news: Each state gets to place two statues somewhere inside the Capitol that honor their respective histories.

Zoom in: The Buckeye State is represented by statues of inventor Thomas Edison and former President James A. Garfield.

Flashback: Edison was born in the small village of Milan near Lake Erie and is famous for inventing the phonograph and incandescent light bulb.

  • You can find his bronze statue in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall.

Garfield was born in Moreland Hills, about 13 miles east of Cleveland.

  • He was a state lawmaker and congressman before taking office as president in 1881.
  • However, he was shot in July that year and died months later.
  • His statue can be found in the Capitol Rotunda.

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