TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Who Did Congress Consider Putting on Mt. Rushmore?

June 8, 2010 ( - In 1937, Congress considered adding another famous face to those memorialized on Mt. Rushmore.
Who was it (and no, it wasn’t FDR)?

Answer:  Susan B. Anthony      

The famous Mount Rushmore sculpture–featuring the faces of four presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, carved into a granite mountainside–is one of the most recognizable landmarks in America. The four presidents were meant to represent the nation’s independence, democratic process, leadership in world affairs and equality. 

The memorial, which covers 2 square miles was first suggested by state historian Doane Robinson. It was designated a national memorial in 1925 and dedicated in 1927. Work began that year under American sculptor Gutzon Borglum and was finished in 1941, after six and a half years of actual carving by hundreds of workers. 

That said, in 1937, Congress considered adding Susan B. Anthony’s face to Mr. Rushmore, according to the History Channel.