Senator Balderson stands with sculptor Alan Cottrill of Zanesville after the unveiling of the bronze statue of Thomas Edison.

State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) joined sculptor Alan Cottrill of Zanesville to unveil the artist's work of Thomas Edison that will soon be delivered to Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington where it will be permanently displayed. 

“Alan’s work of Thomas Edison is an exceptional tribute to Ohio’s lasting legacy of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Balderson. “Today we honor the work of Thomas Edison and of Zanesville's very own Alan Cottrill whose depiction of Edison has been made worthy of permanent exhibition in our nation’s capitol.”

Cottrill's depiction of the famous Ohio inventor was chosen from among 30 others vying for the chance to memorialize the renowned innovator from Milan, Ohio.

“Alan is a talented sculptor and is committed to helping aspiring artists in our community by welcoming them into his studio," added Balderson.

The statue will remain on display at the Ohio Statehouse until October when it will be delivered to Washington where it will remain on exhibit. 


In 2006, the Ohio General Assembly voted to replace Governor Allen’s statue because his views on race are not representative of Ohioans today. The National Statuary Collection Study Committee was charged with making recommendations to the full General Assembly about which Ohioan from Ohio’s past would best represent the state in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol.

The six-member committee was comprised of equal membership from the Ohio House and Senate, including Senator Mark Wagoner (R-Ottawa Hills), who chaired the Committee, Representative Tom Letson (D-Warren), who served as vice chairman, Senator Karen Gillmor (R-Tiffin), Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), Representative Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) and Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy). After a series of public meetings around the state to learn about the lives and contributions of many worthy Ohioans, the Committee narrowed a list of more than 90 nominees to 10 in February 2010 and sought the input of the general public through a public vote process, which ended June 12, 2010. 

In 2012, the 129th Ohio General Assembly and Governor Kasich formalized the public vote to replace Allen with Thomas Edison through passage of HB 487 (section 701.121).

For more information on the Ohio Statuary Hall Commission, please click here to visit their website.

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