Statue of Richard B. Russell, Jr.
By Frederick Hart, 1995.
Richard Brevard Russell, Jr., one of the leading statesmen and senators of the 20th century. In 1920 he was elected to the state house of representatives, where he rose quickly to become its Speaker. At the age of 33, he was elected governor of Georgia, and in 1932 he successfully ran for the U.S. Senate. For 38 years Russell served in the Senate, where he developed a reputation for intelligence, independence, and loyalty.
Artist Frederick Hart of Virginia, was selected to memorialize Russell with a seven-foot marble statue. The sculptor worked from photographs of the late senator supplied by his family and the Russell Foundation. In sculpting the work, Hart tried to reflect the strong personality of Senator Russell. Vincent Palumbo, master stone carver at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., translated Hart's model into Carrara marble. The piece was unveiled at ceremonies held in the Russell Rotunda on January 24, 1996.