Gutzon Borglum selected these four presidents because, from his perspective, they represented the most critical events in the history of the united states. Would another artist at that time, or perhaps a modern artist choose differently?
Why Was Mount Rushmore Built to Honor the 4 Presidents?
Mount Rushmore is an iconic landmark that has been carved into the granite of the Black Hills of South Dakota. It depicts the faces of four of America’s most influential presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. These four presidents were chosen to be honored at Mount Rushmore due to their contributions to the United States of America.
George Washington was honored at Mount Rushmore for leading the American Revolution and establishing the United States as an independent nation. He was also the United States’ first president and served from 1789-1797.
Thomas Jefferson is honored for his prominent part in creating the Declaration of Independence, which declared the United States an independent nation. He also served as the nation’s third president from 1801-1809.
Theodore Roosevelt is celebrated for his efforts to expand the federal government’s powers and for his progressive policies. He served as the nation’s 26th president from 1901-1909.
Finally, Abraham Lincoln is honored for leading the nation through the Civil War and preserving the Union. He was the nation’s 16th president from 1861-1865.
In total, these four