“The Spirit of the American Doughboy,” a beloved and oft-reproduced sculpture, stands in the background of this portrait, over the left shoulder of Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton. It was a familiar sight to Skelton during his years as a student at Missouri’s Lexington Military Academy. More than a hundred such versions of this statue, a tribute to World War I soldiers, were erected around the coutnry. This version was purchased by the Academy’s alumni as a memorial to their classmates who died in the war.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Isaac Newton (Ike) Skelton, IV,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2012/2012-008-000/ (November 28, 2020)
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