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Rufus Choate

Artist:

Daniel Chester French

Location:

 

Location

United States
42° 21' 35.4384" N, 71° 3' 40.3488" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1898

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Funders:

Description:

Rufus Choate (1799-1859), politician and lawyer, was one of the famous orators of his day. As a member of the House of Representatives and  later the Senate, he supported compromises between North and South to preserve the Union. But the law was his greater love, and he retired from politics to become a trial lawyer. Specializing in criminal defense, he was a leader of the Boston bar. Daniel Chester French’s bronze portrait of Choate shows him standing before a jury about to begin speaking from the notes that he holds in his left hand. The statue in the Suffolk County Courthouse was dedicated in 1898.

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