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k11 DR. GORRIE HAS NICHE IN STATUARY HALL By HAMPTON DUNN WASHINGTON, D. C. --Statuary Hall is the place in the airconditioned U.S. Capitol where statues of the Nation's heroes in many fields are placed. Florida's representative in the Hall is Dr. John Gor rie, father of air conditioning and in ventor of the ice making machine and Apalchicola's great physician, public official and good citizen. The Hall was converted from the room in which the House of Representatives met between 1807 and 1857. It became a gallery of fame after Congressmen in 1864 complained about the unkempt appearance of the room, then a catch all storage place. It was "draped" in cobwebs and carpeted with dust," snorted one lawmaker. Thus, each state was invited to contribute two statues representing outstanding deceased citizens. It was not until 1914 that Florida offered Dr. Gorrie's statue, which was ex ecuted by the state's own distinguished sculptor, S. Adrian Pillars. By the 1930s, the combined weight of the heavy statues was such it raised fears the whole assemblage might crash through the floor. Now states may have only one monument in the Hall itself. The others have been placed in the Hall of Columns on the House side or elsewhere around the Capitol building. Florida's other rep resentative in the Hall of Fame is Confederate hero, Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, who surrendered the last Southern force and when he died was the last sur viving full general of the Confederate and Union armies of the Civil War. Dr. Gorrie is honored in many ways in Florida, including a museum named after him in his home town of Apalachicola.
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Dr. Gorrie has niche in Statuary Hall
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by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 28, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the statue of Dr. John Grroie in the National Statuary Hall.
National Statuary Hall (United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.)
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.