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Opinion Northwest

Join the informed writers of The Times' editorial board in lively discussions at our blog, Opinion Northwest.

June 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Who represents Washington state in the U.S. Statuary Hall?

Who's missing from the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall?

U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall: who’s missing? (Photo courtesy of Architect of the Capitol)

Marcus Whitman was apparently a stud, as well as a missionary. (Photo courtesy of Architect of the Capitol)

Marcus Whitman: doctor, missionary and stud.
(Photo courtesy of Architect of the Capitol)

In the National Statuary Hall version of “The Bachelor,” Marcus Whitman would be a big winner. As depicted by his statue, the missionary doctor from Walla Walla had rippled thighs, a buckskin shirt tight across his abs and a hipster beard. Narcissa Whitman would’ve been thrilled, had she not been killed by Cayuse Indians.

That statue would also look good in the state Capitol in Olympia (or at the Whitman Memorial National Historic site). The penitent statue of Mother Joseph, the second person honored by Washington State in Statuary Hall, would fit in elsewhere as well.

In an Editorial Notebook in Thursday’s paper, I suggest it’s time for them to be swapped out for other subjects. Washington hasn’t updated its delegation to Statuary Hall in 34 years. Who else is worthy?

Submit your suggest in the form below. We’ll publish a collection of responses next week.

 

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