August 05, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, Mchugh Announce Passage of Legislation to Designate Ogdensburg Post Office in Honor of Frederic Remington

Remington Was A Talented Artist and Noted Chronicler of the American Experience

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman John M. McHugh today announced 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 M. McHugh and passed the House on June 3, 2009.

In June, 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.  Today, the Senators and Congressman McHugh announced that the legislation has been unanimously approved. 

"Frederic Remington has a lasting impact on American History," said Schumer. "Through his artwork he introduced America to the Western Frontier providing invaluable insight to a world unknown up to that point. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of Remington's death, designating the Ogdensburg Postal Service in his honor is a fitting tribute to the most successful Western illustrator of his time."

"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," Senator Gillibrand said. "I believe strongly in the importance of art in our identity and culture, and this building will appropriately honor Mr. Remington's legacy."

"Frederic Remington was one of Northern New York's most famous residents and it is fitting we honor his contributions to Northern New York and the United States with this designation.  This legislation permanently names the Ogdensburg Post Office after Remington, which is appropriate given the amount of time he lived in Ogdensburg and the fact that Ogdensburg is home to the largest collection of Remington's work in the country," said Congressman John M. McHugh.  "I was very pleased to work with Senators Schumer and Gillibrand on getting this bill through the Senate after it passed the House in June and look forward to it being signed into law."

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 will be a fitting tribute to his life's work and the impact it had on American culture.