Nathan Hale: Yale 1773 :: Curator: Richard E. Mooney mssa exhibition

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AS SCULPTORS SAW HIM: Images of the Young Hero
Evacuation Day program 1893
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Rejected at his Alma Mater, Hale lands in St. Paul

A committee of alumni offered Yale this statue by William Ordway Partridge in the 1890's and sent invitations to view it at his studio in New York City. ("Ladies also will be cordially welcome.") George Dudley Seymour, lawyer and leading collector of Hale materials, argued that it made Hale look too old. After a lengthy siege of bickering, the Yale Corporation decided not to accept the statue. The Partridge statue has stood in a small park on historic Summit Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota, since 1907.

Photo: Nathan Hale Statue at Summit and Portland, St. Paul, from the Minnesota Historical Society Photograph Collection; Sculptor: William Partridge.