Perhaps the final chapter in the saga of the ejection of the Zachariah Chandler statue from Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol from Sunday's Detroit News:
Zachariah Chandler statue moves to Lansing
RoNeisha Mullen/ The Detroit News
Lansing— After almost a century in the U.S. Capitol, Zachariah Chandler has found his way back to Michigan.
The 10,000-pound statue of the former Detroit mayor and U.S. senator has been moved from Washington, D.C., to Constitution Hall in downtown Lansing after being displaced earlier this month by a statue of former President Gerald R. Ford.
Each state is allowed two statues in Washington's Statuary Hall. The other Michigan statue is of former Gov. Lewis Cass.
Originally, it was thought the Chandler statue would be placed in the Detroit Historical Museum, but that proposal was met with some physical challenges.
"Certainly he's a historically significant figure," said Bob Sadler, director of public relations for the Detroit Historical Society. "But given the size and weight of the statue, we weren't able to accommodate it."
The statue weighs 4,000 pounds and sits on a base that weighs 6,000 pounds. Together, the two stand more than 111/2 feet tall.
It was built in 1913 and is valued at $750,000 due to the uniqueness of its marble, said Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget.
The statue is owned by the state, which is responsible for its care, Weiss said.
"We looked for all kinds of locations for it," he said. "But in the end, the decision was made that Lansing would be the final resting place for it."
The statue is located on the ground floor of Constitution Hall, which houses the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
The Gerald R. Ford Foundation, which paid for the statue of Ford, also paid to have the Chandler statue shipped to Michigan.
Chandler began his political career as an anti-slavery activist in the 1840s. He served as mayor of Detroit from 1851-52 and as a U.S. senator from 1857-75. He was later appointed United States Secretary of the Interior under President Ulysses S. Grant.
Chandler is the namesake of Detroit's Chandler Park and one of the founders of the Republican Party.
While in Detroit, Chandler ran a general store with his brother-in-law. He also engaged in land speculation and banking.
Some reports claim he was one of the first men in Detroit to earn $50,000 from his businesses.