Brayley, Arthur. W. History of the Granite Industry of New England, page 165. Boston, Mass.:Published by the authority of the National Association of Granite Industries of the United States, 1913.
Contractor:Joseph Newal & Company
Material: Blue Westerly granite
Architectect: Ernest Flagg, NYC Architect
About the monumrnt: When Flagg came
to Owego to inspect the stone he discovered an imperfection
known as a "knot" in the granite about the size of a goose
egg. It was in the piece known as the die and it was a lighter
shade than the rest of the stone. It was the center of three
large pieces and weighed about nine tons. A new die was
ordered from Joseph Newell & Co. of Westerly, RI from
whom the monument had been obtained and was replaced.
About the man:A United States Congressman and Senator who
controlled the Republican Party during the
1870-1880s. His political influence was
great enough that he was a primary factor
in the successful candidacy of several
U.S. presidents. He maintained his voting
residence in Owego at the Ahwaga Hotel
until his death.