St. Paul, Minnesota: Humphrey the Happy Warrior

Hubert Humphrey, Vice President under Lyndon Johnson, lost the presidential election of 1968 to Richard Nixon. He was known as "The Happy Warrior," and he died in 1978. It took 34 years before the capital of Minnesota, his home state, put up a statue of him.
Address:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN
Directions:
At the corner of John Ireland Blvd and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, facing the capitol.
Admission:
Free
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Hubert Humphrey statue. Humphrey the Happy Warrior

Hubert Humphrey was Vice President under Lyndon Johnson, then lost the presidential election of 1968 to Richard Nixon. He was arguably the most powerful politician to ever come out of Minnesota, so it's surprising that there's never been a statue of him in the state capital of St. Paul -- especially since he's been dead since 1978, and St. Paul's rival city, Minneapolis, has had their own Humphrey statue since 1989. Now, however, St. Paul no longer has to hang its civic head in shame; it has "The Happy Warrior," a bronze Humphrey unveiled in August 2012 by both former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Walter Mondale. The statue is heroic size, seven feet tall, while the one in Minneapolis is only life size, so there.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 08/09/2012]
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