June 24, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Push Legislation to Designte Ogdensburg Postal Service in Honor of Internationally Renowned American Artist Frederic Remington

2009 Marks Centennial Anniversary of Remington’s Death; Designation Would be Fitting Tribute to His Life’s Work

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today they are pushing for passage of legislation to have the United States Postal Service located at 431 State Street in Ogdensburg, NY designated as `Frederic Remington Post Office Building' in honor of Frederic Remington, a famous artist who grew up in Ogdensburg. The legislation, H.R. 2090 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman John McHugh and passed on June 3, 2009, 100 years after Remington's death.


To encourage passage of the bill in the Senate, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand wrote a letter to Chairman Carper and Ranking Member McCain of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management urging them to consider passage of the bill, the next critical step in moving the legislation forward.   


"Frederic Remington had an extraordinary insight into the American experience and a unique ability to capture that vision in a compelling way that has stood the test of time," said Schumer. "Through his artwork he introduced America to the western frontier, providing invaluable insight to a new and evolvling part of our young nation. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of Remington's death, designating the Ogdensburg post office  in his honor is a fitting tribute to the most successful Western illustrator of his time who was a proud son of Ogdensburg."

 

"With the 100th anniversary of the death of Fredrick Remington this year, it is fitting that we name his hometown post office in his honor," said Senator Gillibrand. "I believe strongly in the importance of art in our identity and culture, and this building will appropriately honor Mr. Remington's legacy."


Born in Canton, NY on October 4, 1861, Frederic Remington moved to Ogdensburg at age 11 and made it his permanent home. The celebrated artist first headed west to the Montana Territory in 1881, where he crafted his famous depictions of American frontier life. Upon his return, his sketches were printed in Harper's Weekly, beginning his career as a magazine illustrator and revealing the Western Frontier to the rest of the country.


Remington's work encapsulated the frontier spirit and has served as a valuable record of Western exploration for students of history and art alike. A comprehensive collection of Remington's artwork is housed in the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, but his work is also on display across the country, including exhibits at the Art Institute in Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


2009 marks the 100th anniversary of Frederic Remington's death. Dedicating the post office in his name would be a fitting tribute to his life's work and the impact it had on American culture. 


To pay tribute to the life and work of Frederic Remington, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand sent a letter to the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management urging them to pass legislation to designate the United States Postal Service in Ogdensburg in his honor.


Schumer and Gillibrand wrote in their letter, "Frederic Remington was a talented artist and noted chronicler of the American experience out West.  As this year marks the centennial anniversary of his death, Senate passage of this bill would be a fitting acknowledgement of Frederic Remington's seminal work and its role in our national memory."

 

A full copy of the letter is below:

 

June 24, 2009




Dear Chairman Carper and Acting Ranking Member McCain:


We write in support of H.R. 2090, a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 431 State Street, Ogdensburg, NY, as the `Frederic Remington Post Office Building' and encourage its consideration in the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management. 


Frederic Remington was born on October 4, 1861 in Canton, New York and later made Ogdensburg, New York his permanent home. The celebrated artist first headed west to the Montana Territory in 1881, where he crafted his famous depictions of American frontier life. These images included cowboys taming broncos, cavalry soldiers engaged in battle and Native American warriors and scouts. After returning, his sketches were printed in Harper's Weekly, beginning his career as a magazine illustrator and revealing the western frontier to the rest of the country.


Remington's work encapsulated the frontier spirit and has served as a valuable record of western exploration for students of history and art alike. His later works incorporated water-color and oil mediums, as well as sculptures in bronze. A comprehensive collection of Remington's artwork is housed in the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, but his work is also on display across the country, including exhibits at the Art Institute in Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Frederic Remington was a talented artist and noted chronicler of the American experience out West. H.R. 2090 passed the House on June 3, 2009.  As this year marks the centennial anniversary of his death, Senate passage of this bill would be a fitting acknowledgement of Frederic Remington's seminal work and its role in our national memory.  Thank you for your consideration of this legislation.

                                                               

Sincerely,

                                 


Senator Charles E. Schumer                                                   Senator Kirsten Gillibrand