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The Lincoln Forum

April 23, 2006

To the Committee Chair

Abraham Lincoln Club of Dayton


To the Committee:


It gives me great pleasure to write this letter recommending James Nance as the sculptor of the Old Dayton Courthouse's new Abraham Lincoln statue.


I have known this artist for many years and I am a great admirer of his work.  His Abraham Lincoln pieces are in my collection - The Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana. James is truly one of the great Lincoln artists of our day.  He combines great skill in and passion for his craft with a true understanding of Mr. Lincoln.  This combination of talent for meaningful sculpture plus the greater sense of Lincoln as a human being informs all of James's work.


As a judge, I understand the importance of honoring our courthouses with meaningful pieces of art.  It is my sincere belief that, if chosen to produce this important sculpture, James would create a moving and meaningful rendition of our 16th president - one that would honor the Old Dayton Courthouse and the city of Dayton for many years to come.


Please extend my regards to your family.


Yours Sincerely,


Frank J. Williams




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