Hall of Fame for Great Americans 1940

About the members of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans for 1940 including Stephen Foster and others.

THE HALL OF FAME FOR GREAT AMERICANS

1940

There were 108 electors, and 65 votes were required for election.

Stephen Foster, composer (86). Foster (1826-1864) lived the shortest life of all who were ever elected. This remains the only time a new member was chosen.

Receiving the most votes without ever being elected was portrait painter John Singleton Copley with 52. This was the pinnacle for Copley, who had fallen below 25 votes only once since 1900. He managed to pick up 9 votes in 1945 and has not been considered since, except for 1 vote in 1970.

Several former presidents were on the ballot for the first time: Andrew Johnson came in with 8 votes, William Henry Harrison had 4, while Chester Alan Arthur and Benjamin Harrison did not get any.

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