LINCOLN MEMORIAL-FIRST STONE PUT IN PLACE THIS DATE 1914

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On this day in 1914 the first stone was put in place for the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial would be dedicated in 1922. The architect was Henry Bacon and the designer of the statue of Abraham Lincoln was Daniel Chester French.

On May 30, 1922 Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court-William Howard Taft presented the memorial to President Warren G. Harding who accepted it on behalf of the American people. Abraham Lincoln’s son 78 year old Robert Todd Lincoln was in attendance.

Over six million people visit the Lincoln Memorial during a typical year.  The Memorial appears on the back of the $5 bill which has Lincoln on the front.

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