The 111th United States Senate inside the Senate chamber in 2009, showing busts on view in the visitors gallery.
The 111th United States Senate inside the Senate chamber in 2009, showing busts on view in the visitors gallery.
A similar view of the Senate chamber, circa 1873, that shows the empty niches where the first busts were placed.
A similar view of the Senate chamber, circa 1873, that shows the empty niches where the first busts were placed.

The United States Senate Vice Presidential Bust Collection is a series of 45 busts in the United States Capitol, each one bearing the likenesses of a vice president of the United States. Each sculpture, from John Adams to Dick Cheney, honors the role of the vice president as both a member of the executive branch and as president of the Senate.

The Joint Committee on the Library, acting under a resolution of May 13, 1886, was the first to commission busts of the vice presidents to occupy the niches in the new Senate Chamber. After the first 20 busts filled the niches surrounding the Chamber, later additions were placed throughout the Senate wing of the Capitol. The collection is incomplete, since the busts of former vice presidents Al Gore, Joe Biden, and Mike Pence are in the process of being created. The bust of Kamala Harris will not be commissioned until she leaves office.[1][2]

List of busts

Vice President Image[note 1] Sculptor Year completed Notes
John Adams
Daniel Chester French 1890 [3]
Thomas Jefferson
Moses Jacob Ezekiel 1888 [4]
Aaron Burr
Jacques Jouvenal 1893 [5]
George Clinton
Vittorio A. Ciani 1894 [6]
Elbridge Gerry
Herbert Samuel Adams 1892 [7]
Daniel D. Tompkins
Charles Henry Niehaus 1891 [8]
John C. Calhoun
Theodore Augustus Mills 1896 [9]
Martin Van Buren
Ulric Stonewall Jackson Dunbar 1894 [10]
Richard M. Johnson
James Paxton Voorhees 1895 [11]
John Tyler
William C. McCauslen 1898 [12]
George M. Dallas
Henry Jackson Ellicott 1893 [13]
Millard Fillmore
Robert Cushing 1895 [14]
William R. King
William C. McCauslen 1896 [15]
John C. Breckinridge
James Paxton Voorhees 1896 [16]
Hannibal Hamlin
Franklin Bachelder Simmons 1889 [17]
Andrew Johnson
William C. McCauslen 1900 [18]
Schuyler Colfax
Frances Murphy Goodwin 1897 [19]
Henry Wilson
Daniel Chester French 1885 [20]
William A. Wheeler
Edward Clark Potter 1892 [21]
Chester A. Arthur
Augustus Saint-Gaudens 1891 [22]
Thomas A. Hendricks
Ulric Stonewall Jackson Dunbar 1890 [23]
Levi P. Morton
Frank Edwin Elwell 1891 [24]
Adlai E. Stevenson
Franklin Bachelder Simmons 1894 [25]
Garret A. Hobart
Frank Edwin Elwell 1901 [26]
Theodore Roosevelt
James Earle Fraser 1910 [27]
Charles W. Fairbanks
Franklin Bachelder Simmons 1905 [28]
James S. Sherman
Bessie Onahotema Potter Vonnoh 1911 [29]
Thomas R. Marshall
Moses A. Wainer Dykaar 1918 [30]
Calvin Coolidge
Moses A. Wainer Dykaar 1927 [31]
Charles G. Dawes
Jo Davidson 1930 [32]
Charles Curtis
Moses A. Wainer Dykaar 1934 [33]
John N. Garner
James Earle Fraser 1943 [34]
Henry A. Wallace
Jo Davidson 1947 [35]
Harry S. Truman
Charles Keck 1947 [36]
Alben W. Barkley
Kalervo Kallio 1958 [37]
Richard M. Nixon
Gualberto Rocchi 1966 [38]
Lyndon B. Johnson Jimilu Mason 1966 [39]
Hubert H. Humphrey
Walker Kirtland Hancock 1982 [40]
Spiro T. Agnew William Frederick Behrends 1995 [41]
Gerald R. Ford
Walker Kirtland Hancock 1985 [42]
Nelson A. Rockefeller
John Calabro 1987 [43]
Walter F. Mondale
Judson R. Nelson 1987 [44]
George H. W. Bush Walker Kirtland Hancock 1990 [45]
J. Danforth Quayle Frederick E. Hart 2002 [46]
Albert A. Gore, Jr. Incomplete "In process" TBD [47]
Richard B. Cheney William Frederick Behrends 2015 [48]
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Incomplete "Not yet commissioned" TBD [47]
Michael R. Pence Incomplete "Not yet commissioned" TBD [47]

Notes

  1. ^ Due to the sculptor's copyright, only images of busts carved before 1925 are included in this article, as well as busts whose sculptor died at least 70 years ago and busts that never had a copyright to begin with.

References

  1. ^ Senate Vice Presidential Bust Collection, United States Senate.
  2. ^ The Vice Presidential Bust Collection, United States Senate.
  3. ^ John Adams. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Thomas Jefferson. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  5. ^ Aaron Burr. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  6. ^ George Clinton. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  7. ^ Elbridge Gerry. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Daniel D. Tompkins. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  9. ^ John C. Calhoun. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Martin Van Buren. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  11. ^ Richard M. Johnson. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  12. ^ John Tyler. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  13. ^ George M. Dallas. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  14. ^ Millard Fillmore. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  15. ^ William R. King. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  16. ^ John C. Breckenridge. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  17. ^ Hannibal Hamlin. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  18. ^ Andrew Johnson. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  19. ^ Schuyler Colfax. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  20. ^ Henry Wilson. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  21. ^ William A. Wheeler. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  22. ^ Chester A. Arthur. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  23. ^ Thomas A. Hendricks. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  24. ^ Levi P. Morton. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  25. ^ Adlai E. Stevenson. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  26. ^ Garret A. Hobart. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  27. ^ Theodore Roosevelt. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  28. ^ Charles W. Fairbanks. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  29. ^ James S. Sherman. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  30. ^ Thomas R. Marshall. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  31. ^ Calvin Coolidge. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  32. ^ Charles G. Dawes. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  33. ^ Charles Curtis. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  34. ^ John N. Garner. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  35. ^ Henry A. Wallace. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  36. ^ Harry S. Truman. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  37. ^ Alben W. Barkley. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  38. ^ Richard M. Nixon. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  39. ^ Lyndon B. Johnson. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  40. ^ Hubert H. Humphrey. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  41. ^ Spiro T. Agnew. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  42. ^ Gerald R. Ford. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  43. ^ Nelson A. Rockefeller. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  44. ^ Walter F. Mondale. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  45. ^ George H. W. Bush. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  46. ^ J. Danforth Quayle. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.
  47. ^ a b c "Busts of Vice Presidents of the United States". Architect of the Capitol. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  48. ^ Richard B. Cheney. United States Senate. Accessed January 3, 2016.

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