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John Gorrie, Rosa Paks, Samuel Kirkwood

A statue of John Gorrie of Florida, center, inventor of the ice machine, stands next to the popular Rosa Parks, left, in Statuary Hall at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. A physician, scientist, and inventor, Gorrie is considered the father of refrigeration and air-conditioning; he died impoverished and virtually forgotten in 1855. Among the U.S. Capitol’s many statues which honor the nation’s founders, leaders and legends, the marble figure by scuptor C.A. Pillars, is largely overlooked by thousands of visitors who tour the Capitol daily. At right is Samuel Kirkwood who became famous as the governor of Iowa during the Civil War. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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