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Photo Credit: David July — Wall-mounted lighting fixture in the portico with three marble busts outside the Old Supreme Court Chamber on 1F in the north wing of the United States Capitol (1811/1866), Washington, District of Columbia: 02 February 2014

Wall-mounted lighting fixture in the portico with three marble busts outside the Old Supreme Court Chamber on 1F in the north wing of the United States Capitol (1811/1866).

First Street SE, Washington, District of Columbia: 02 February 2014


part of the United States Capitol album

Outside and across the ground floor corridor from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the Capitol, there is a portico with three marble busts of foreign-born military figures on display.

Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski (1745–1779) of Warsaw, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was a nobleman and military commander who fought against Russian domination in his country before emigrating to the United States to fight and die in the American Revolutionary War.

Photo Credit: David July — Marble bust of Casimir Pulaski (1857) by Henry Dmochowski Saunders in a portico outside the Old Supreme Court Chamber on 1F in the north wing of the United States Capitol (1811/1866), Washington, District of Columbia: 02 February 2014

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807–1882) of Nice, France was a sailor, merchant captain, mercenary fighter and navy officer who participated in a mutiny against the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, engaged in freelance warfare in Brazil and Uruguay and later became an acclaimed military leader in Italy.

Photo Credit: David July — Marble bust of Giuseppe Garibaldi (1887) by Giuseppe Martegana in a portico outside the Old Supreme Court Chamber on 1F in the north wing of the United States Capitol (1811/1866), Washington, District of Columbia: 02 February 2014

Tadeusz Andrzej Bonawentura Kościuszko (1746–1817) of Mereczowszczyzna, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was a traveler and student who came to the United States in 1776 to fight and provide key strategies, earning him a rank of brigadier general before returning to his county to fight the Russians.

Photo Credit: David July — Marble bust of Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1857) by Henry Dmochowski Saunders in a portico outside the Old Supreme Court Chamber on 1F in the north wing of the United States Capitol (1811/1866), Washington, District of Columbia: 02 February 2014

In celebration of what would have been Pulaski's 267th birthday, the Poles in America Foundation with congressional support from Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL) conducted a wreath laying ceremony at the bust in 2012. Uniformed members of the now non-military Pulaski Cadets (1833) were also in attendance.

Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July

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