Goldwater Statue At U.S. Capitol - One Step Closer
PHOENIX – Today the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission (AHAC) approved a plan to begin the process of selecting an artist to create a statue of Barry M. Goldwater in Statuary Hall. In August of 2010, the Architect of the Capitol, Mr. Stephen T. Ayers, approved a request from Arizona to replace the current statue of John Campbell Greenway with one of Barry Goldwater.
Statuary Hall was created by Congress in 1864 in the Old Hall of the United States House of Representatives. Each state is able to contribute two statutes that represent important historical figures of that state. In addition to Greenway, Arizona is currently represented by Father Eusebio Kino.
Greenway, a Rough Rider who was one of the leaders in the charge up San Juan Hill, was instrumental in the mining industry in Arizona. He developed a method for extracting low-grade ore and he built the City of Ajo. The mine in Ajo has produced over three billion pounds of copper.
Barry Goldwater was born in the Territory of Arizona on New Year's Day in 1909. After World War II, Goldwater returned to Arizona and helped organize the Arizona National Guard. He remained in the reserves after the war and retired with the rank of Major General.
Goldwater's political career began with a successful run for Phoenix City Council in 1949. Three years later he won a seat in the United States Senate after defeating the current Senate Majority Leader, Ernest McFarland. Although, his 1964 presidential bid proved unsuccessful, he is seen as a leader and visionary of the conservative movement. In addition to politics, Goldwater was passionate about the people and landscapes of Arizona. He traveled extensively throughout the state photographing the wonders of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River plateau. He retired from the Senate in 1987 and passed away in 1998.
AHAC, in approving the request for proposal, now begins the process of finding and selecting a suitable artist for this profound task. Additionally, fundraising, solely through private donations, can now begin in earnest. It is estimated that the cost of the statue and transportation of the Greenway statue back to Arizona could reach $500,000.
State Senator Adam Driggs, whose measure was adopted by the Arizona Legislature in 2008, said: "I am pleased that AHAC has taken this important step. I hope and believe that we will be gazing at a wonderful statute of Barry M. Goldwater during our centennial celebration one year from today."
AHAC is a commission under the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Division of the Secretary of State's Office.