• After the Great Depression and after public urging, a nationwide public competition was held to determine a design for a memorial that would honor President Thomas Jefferson's bold vision for westward expansion for America.

    Russ Carnahan's remarks at the United States House of Representatives (October 28, 2005), as quoted in "Congressional Record, Volume 151 - Part 18: October 27, 2005 to November 7, 2005 (Pages 23969 to 25296)" by Government Printing Office (p. 24193), 2010.
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