Ore. House backs Hatfield statue in US Capitol

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon House has voted to pull a statue of Oregon pioneer Jason Lee from a prominent place in the U.S. Capitol and replace it with one of Mark Hatfield.

Hatfield supporters insist they have nothing against Lee, a missionary in the 19th century and founder of the school that became Willamette University. They say it's time for a more modern and prominent figure in Oregon's history.

Hatfield was an Oregon governor and a Republican U.S. senator well-known for his willingness to buck the GOP.

Each state gets two statues in the U.S. Capitol. The state House voted Monday to require the Oregon Historical Society to raise money for a Hatfield statue. Lee's statue would return to Salem.

The measure goes to the Senate.

 

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