This design was submitted to a Boston Committee anonymously and was rejected when it was discovered that the sculptor was a woman. The work was later commissioned by a group of friends and was placed in Harvard Square. This statue resides at Watertown Free Public Library. In 1856, a South Carolina Congressman nearly killed Sumner on the Senate floor two days after Sumner delivered an intensely anti-slavery speech called "The Crime against Kansas". As the chief Radical leader in the Senate during Reconstruction, 1865--1871, Sumner fought hard to provide equal civil and voting rights for the freedmen.He died in office.