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James Harlan statue unveiled in Mount Pleasant

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MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — A statue of former U.S. Sen. James Harlan has been unveiled in Mount Pleasant after more than a century in Washington, D.C.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were among the guests Thursday as the statue was unveiled at Iowa Wesleyan College. It is on permanent loan from the state.

The statue was recently replaced in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall by a statue of Norman Borlaug, who received the Nobel Prize in 1970 for boosting agricultural production and founded the World Food Prize.

Harlan was president of Iowa Wesleyan College in the mid-1800s before he was elected to the U.S. Senate. The statue, which is more than eight feet tall, had been at the statuary hall since 1910.

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