Knute Nelson by John Karl Daniels

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Sculptor John Karl Daniels created this sculpture of Minnesota politician Knute Nelson for the Minnesota State Capitol in 1928. Joining the figure of Nelson are two more figures on each side. One is Nelson as a child with his Norwegian mother and the other is Nelson as a Civil War soldier. Nelson served as a U.S. congressman, governor of Minnesota and a U.S. senator.

A plaque on the sculpture reads:

Knute Nelson
February 2, 1843 – April, 28 1923

Three years a soldier in the Civil War / Three times a member of Congress / Twice governor of Minnesota / Five times our United States senator.

A brave son of Norway / A true patriot devoted in his allegiance to America / A wise statesman uncompromising in support of the principles in which he believed / A distinguished citizen of Minnesota.

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