Albert J. Beveridge
Hello. My name is Albert Jeremiah Beveridge. I was born on October 6, 1862 and died on April 27, 1927. I was a man of the law, a United States Senator from 1899 to 1911, a student of history, and an author. I developed a keen appreciation for the power of oratory as a young man and honed that most valuable skill speaking in support of political candidates.
I found myself moving toward the progressive, Theodore Roosevelt "Bull Moose" wing of the Republican party and was honored to keynote the Progressive Party Convention which nominated Mr. Roosevelt for United States President in 1912. I spoke out in favor of the direct primary and national child labor laws. I supported the meat inspection act in light of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. I stood for territorial expansion by the United States, spoke in favor of annexation of the Philippines, and supported increasing the power of the federal government.
My literary and historical pursuits led me to pen four volumes on the Life of John Marshall, which earned a Pulitzer Prize; and two volumes as the biography of Abraham Lincoln, which was published posthumously. With relish I joined and served as secretary of the American Historical Association. My dear wife Catherine went so far to establish "The Albert J. Beveridge Award" at the Association. The prize is awarded annually for the best book in English on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada from 1942 to the present.
Claude Bowers, writer, Democratic politician, and ambassador wrote about my life in Beveridge and the Progressive Era. Mrs. Beveridge captured my life in stone. She commissioned the sculptor, John Gregory, and carvers from Piccirilli Brothers Marble Carving Studios to create a monument in my memory at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
The twelve foot tall, six foot wide rectangular monument features relief panels of Classical male figures who personify aspects of my life. On the south side, a bare-chested figure seated on a rock wears a helmet and raises his proper left hand; there are five stars above his head. On the east side is a standing a figure holding scales; and on the west side is a standing robed figure with a wreath above. The four figures represent the Historian, the Student, the Lawyer, and the Senator.
I fear dirt and soot covers my marble surface. Biological growths, metallic stains, chipped edges, pockmarks, and deteriorating mortar tuck pointing are problematical. Conservationists say cleaning, removal of deposits, growths, and stains, and repairs of chipped edges are in order. They also suggest repointing deteriorated areas with approved material.
Preserving my life story in stone would incur an expense of approximately $20,000. The Crown Hill Heritage Foundation has thousands of memorial artworks to care for, and I do not know when they might be able to care for me. If you are a student of history, a man or woman of the law, a politician, or teacher perhaps you might help. Please Donate On-line Now or Print This Page. Thank you.
Catherine would be so pleased if you would visit our memorial in Section 45. And, oh yes, the deadline for submission of entries for The Albert J. Beveridge Award is May 15, 2009.