WELCOME to the “Hermon A. MacNeil” — Virtual Gallery & Museum !

~ This Gallery celebrates Hermon Atkins MacNeil of the Beaux Arts School, an American classic sculptor of Native images and American history:  ~ World’s Fairs, statues, monuments, coins, and more… ~ Hot-links ( lower right) lead to works by Hermon Atkins MacNeil.   ~ Over 300 stories in 50 pages & thousands of photos form this virtual MacNeil Gallery stretching from New York to New Mexico ~ Oregon to S. Carolina.   ~ 2016 marked the 150th Anniversary of Hermon MacNeil’s birth. ~~Do you WALK or DRIVE by MacNeil sculptures DAILY!  ~ CHECK OUT Uncle Hermon’s works here!

Daniel Neil Leininger, webmaster

DO YOU walk by MacNeil Statues and NOT KNOW IT ???

  READ  our  review  HERE   of:

Jim Haas’ BOOK~ Hermon Atkins MacNeil: American Sculptor  In the Broad, Bright Daylight    

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 CLICK HERE to purchase a

MacNeil Medallion of the

Standing Liberty Quarter  on eBay  photos  at right →  →

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The “Pony Express” statue in St. Joseph, Missouri  was dedicated in 1940.

Hermon MacNeil turned 74 that February 27th. He posed for newspaper photos sitting on the statue base.

The statue appears to be un-mounted on its massive pedestal base. 

  • Was this photo taken at the foundry before shipping? 
  • Or maybe at St. Joe before being erected on the pedestal base? 
  • WE don’t know!
  • BUT the sculptor seems proud and relaxed aside his historic tribute! 

The authentic saddle & mail bags were consistent with Dr. S. M. Strong’s  replicas which were Hermon patterns.  And of course , “Poncho Villa”, the Doctor’s rescued rodeo mustang. after.

Twenty years later (1960), was the Centennial of the first Pony Express ride.  That year the  US Post Office issued a Commemorative 4 Cent stamp, as pictured below:    

  • Because the PONY EXPRESS became an established ICON and growing legend. 
  • St. Jo, MO took the iconic “horse and rider” as a SYMBOL for the city itself. 
  • They have continued that identity to the present day, though 164 years have passed. 

RIDE ON, O’ symbol of American history.  Your sculptor has brought you to life at your starting gate of iconic legend. 



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By William Henry Jackson – SOURCE: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4051p.tr000013/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10111804

ThePony Express ran for only 18 months, but has become an



Hermon MacNeil’s “Pony Express”

is ALSO  an ICON

marking Saint Joseph, Missouri, as “Station One.”

on the 1900 mile route of 190 Stations

stretching to Sacramento, California.


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<=<=travel  magazine.

This summer features a Missouri State Travel Ad with Hermon’s Statue of “Pancho Villa” the outlaw Dakota Mustang of Bill Cody’s Wild West Rodeo! 

AND LAMBERT’s  (home of  ‘Throwed Rolls’) in Branson, Missouri a special place to eat

… and catch ‘throwed’ Rolls (click here)

MORE Pony Express NEXT TIME …


Hermon MacNeil’s “Pony Express” or “Pancho Villa” Rides Again!


Attention to Detail ~ “The Pony Express” ~ by H. A. MacNeil

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is the theme of the

 United States Supreme Court 

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“Justice the Guardian of Liberty”

are the words under Hermon MacNeil’s


To see Hermon MacNeil’s sculpture walk to

the back of the SUPREME COURT Building


May 16, 1932 Note regarding the East Pediment Inscription The text, in the hand of Charles Evans Hughes, reads, I rather prefer “Justice the Guardian of Liberty””

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 “Equal Justice Under the Law”

are the words under Robert Aitken’s


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“Equal Justice Under the Law”

“Justice the Guardian of Liberty”

These are just two ways that Beaux Arts

Sculptors sought to preserve JUSTICE

for the PEOPLE  in our “CITY BEAUTIFUL”

Washington, D. C.

Let’s Hope Our Nine Justices do their Part for  Justice in years to come!

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 in MARCH  2024 

The month of March has flown by with NO NEW Postings on this sight! 

That violates my commitment as Webmaster of

https://hermonatkinsmacneil.com/    SO . . .


  1. ~ I have been busy with another MacNeil project.  Namely, writing PART TWO of the summary of Jim Haas’ book: Hermon Atkins MacNeil: American Sculptor in the Broad, Bright Daylight.
  2. ~ Vicki Sanders Corporan, editor of the GALLEY, the official publication of the Clan MacNeil Association of America. published PART ONE in the FALL/WINTER 2023, Issue #67, pp. 20-29.  Those pages are posted HERE:
  3.  ~ I have been conversing with Jim Haas as he continues his MacNeil Research.  He seems to have an inexhaustible motivation to write and research.  What a marvel he is.

~ PART TWO of the summary will appear in the




Page photos and text will be poster here

in coming weeks.

so “PAT” at Patten Gym

Says stay tuned to


“PAT” at Patten Gym of Northwestern University, Evansville, IL


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Today marks the 164th Anniversary of the birth of my Grandfather Thomas A. McNeil born February 29, 1860.

As a Leapster, he was born 41 Actual Birthdays ago.


are born on

Leap Day,

February 29th

Tom McNeil was an older cousin of Hermon Atkins MacNeil

1884 Michigan Wolverines Football Team — Quarterback Tom Henry MacNeil is seated front center holding a ball.


Thomas H. McNeil (February 29, 1860 – October 1, 1932) was an American football player and lawyer. He was the first University of Michigan football player to be the starting quarterback in consecutive years. He led the Michigan football team to undefeated seasons in 1884 and 1885.  

1885 Michigan Wolverines Football Team — Quarterback Tom Henry MacNeil is seated second from the left holding a ball. A rugby style ball was used, but no forward passes were allowed


He later became a lawyer practicing in Missouri.

McNeil was born near Burdette, Bates County, Missouri, in 1860. McNeil attended the University of Michigan where he graduated from the Literary Department in 1885 and the Law Department in 1886. While attending Michigan, he was the starting quarterback for the 1884 and 1885 Michigan Wolverines football teams. He was the first player to be Michigan’s starting quarterback in consecutive years. During his two years at quarterback, Michigan was undefeated. The 1884 team compiled a 2–0 record and outscored its opponents by a combined score of 36 to 10. The center on the 1884, snapping the ball to McNeil, was Henry Killilea, one the five men who founded baseball’s American League. McNeil led the 1885 team to a 3–0 record, with the team outscoring its opponents by a combined score of 82 to 0. During the time when McNeil was Michigan’s starting quarterback, the forward pass was not permitted and the ball (pictured at McNeil’s side in photograph to the right) was round, bearing a stronger resemblance to a rugby ball than a modern American football. After graduating from Michigan, McNeil began practicing law at Kansas City, Missouri. In January 1901, McNeil became a lawyer in the Claims Department of the Kansas City Railways Company, a position he held for more than 21 years. In later years, he was responsible for making accident reports to the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Public Service Commission of Missouri. At the time of his 21st anniversary with the company, the Railwayan noted:

“The life of Tom McNeil has been a success because he has possessed the three necessary qualifications — honest, industry and a vision for the future. His word is as sacred as his signed contract. He is always the first to arrive at his office in the morning and never fails to accomplish a full day’s work. … It is too bad that such men as Tom H. McNeil of such sterling worth and integrity cannot live forever.”

In addition to his legal career, McNeil was a member and leader in the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization and secret society founded in 1864. He served as the 30th Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias from 1899 to 1900. He died in 1932.   [SOURCE:  https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/62575584/thomas-henry-mcneil ]


This closes our MacNeil Month Celebration for 2024

Thank you for visiting !


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FEBRUARY  27TH,  1866


His Life,  Story,  Artistry,  Heritage,  Legacy,

and Commemoration of American History

are ALL told here on:


Jo Davidson’s unique tribute bust of his teacher Hermon Atkins MacNeil. [bronze, 1945]

Thank You for your visit!  DNL


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Here is ONE place to go to see sculpture of Hermon A. MacNeil & his students. Located in cities from east to west coast, found indoors and out, public and private, these creations point us toward the history and values that root Americans.

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1. Take digital photos of the work from all angles, including setting.
2. Take close up photos of details that you like
3. Look for MacNeil’s signature. Photograph it too! See examples above.
4. Please, include a photo of you & others beside the work.
5. Tell your story of adventure. It adds personal interest.
6. Send photos to ~ Webmaster at: HAMacNeil@gmail.com