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Neenah, Wisconsin: Sit With Presidents

Thomas Jefferson sits on a bench, a portable desk on his lap. Abe Lincoln sits with his stovepipe hat off. Washington sits and holds the Declaration of Independence. You can't sit with Reagan; he's standing.

One Neenah Center

240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI
Downtown, on the north and south sides of E. Wisconsin Ave., in front of One Neenah Center.
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Ben Franklin.

Street of Presidents

Benjamin Franklin has been added to the street of Presidents. His statue, just down the street from Thomas Jefferson and the other greats, is located in front of the Neenah Library, which is fitting since Benjamin Franklin was instrumental in starting the first lending library in the United States. Businessman John Bergstrom donated this statue.

[Barb Unruh, 07/22/2021]

Franklin accomplished much in his life, but he was never a President. We blame the $100 bill for this perpetual confusion.

Lincoln on the bench.

Street of Presidents

Wisconsin Avenue, which runs through downtown Neenah is the home of four U.S. President statues. Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and George Washington are sitting on benches with room to sit down next to them. Ronald Reagan's statue is standing up on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and S. Commercial Street.

Each sitting President has a plaque. The one for Abe Lincoln lists all of his failures before becoming president and urges visitors to persevere.

In the winter the statues don hats and scarves.

[Barb Unruh, 08/15/2020]

Sculptor George Lundeen cranked out more than a dozen of these nearly-identical bronze President statues in the 1990s.

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