Day 119 365 Photos Theme 188 Monuments or Memorials

28 04 2009

Thomas Brackett Reed, originally uploaded by needlepointernc.

This photo of a MONUMENT of Thomas Brackett Reed was taken in April, 2009 by me. It is located on the Western Promenade in Portland, Maine. I took the picture because my Mom has a picture of it that was taken in the 1940s when she went up to Portland with her parent’s to visit her cousins. Here is the picture she took:

I fixed the faded color and added some color to the statue to make it stand out. Before we went to Portland to visit the last remaining cousin of my Mother, we were able to find this statue using Google so we knew where it was.

“From Wikepedia: Thomas Brackett Reed, (October 18, 1839 – December 7, 1902), occasionally ridiculed as Czar Reed, was a U.S. Representative from Maine, and Speaker of the House from 1889–1891 and from 1895–1899. He was a powerful leader of the Republican Party but was unable to stop the Spanish-American War. Born in Portland, Maine, Reed attended public school, including Portland High School, before graduating from Bowdoin College in 1860. He studied law. After college, he went on to become acting assistant paymaster, United States Navy, from April, 1864, to November 1865, and was admitted to the bar in 1865. He practiced in Portland, and was elected to the Maine House of Representatives, in 1868 and 1869. He served in the Maine Senate in 1870 but left to serve as the state’s Attorney General 1870-72. Reed became city solicitor of Portland 1874–1877, before being elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses, serving from 1877, to September 4, 1899, when he resigned.”

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2 responses

30 04 2009
Madelaine

Interesting contrasts. They’re both wonderful & what a creative take!

29 04 2009
tmcchesney

Love the comparisons! This is super!

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