The first public memorial to United States President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D. C. , was a statue by Lot Flannery erected in front of the District of Columbia City Hall in 1868, three years after the Lincoln’s assassination. Demands for a fitting national memorial had been voiced since the time of Lincoln’s death. In 1867, Congress passed the first of many bills incorporating a commission to erect a monument for the sixteenth president. An American sculptor, Clark Mills, was chosen to design the monument. His plans reflected the nationalistic spirit of the time, and called for a 70-foot (21 m) structure adorned with six equestrian and 31 pedestrian statues of colossal proportions, crowned by a 12-foot (3. 7 m) statue of Abraham Lincoln. Subscriptions for the project were insufficient.