Downtown welcomes statue of US senator

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A 7-foot statue of former U.S. Senator William Alden Smith stands behind DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

A statue of another historic local leader was unveiled downtown today.

A seven-foot bronze sculpture of William Alden Smith now stands on the patio outside of DeVos Place’s Grand Gallery.

Smith’s statue is the ninth in the Community Legends of Grand Rapids series. All sculptures in the series are funded by the Peter F. Secchia family.

William Alden Smith

Smith might be best known for his stint in the U.S. Senate from 1907 to 1919, where he chaired a Senate committee on the investigation of the sinking of the luxury liner RMS Titanic.

Smith was also on the short list of 1916 Republican presidential candidates.

Born in 1859 in Dowagiac, his family moved to Grand Rapids in 1872. 

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