Post founder Alexander Hamilton’s statue booted from Capitol Rotunda

That’s no way to treat a founder!

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is calling for the return of Alexander Hamilton’s statue to the Capitol Rotunda after it was abruptly removed Thursday.

An 1868 marble likeness of the first Treasury Secretary, who founded The Post in 1801, was demoted to a downstairs hallway and replaced by a brand-new bronze statue of former President Harry S. Truman of Missouri.

“Chuck wants Hamilton back,” Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro told The Post.

Schumer was overheard on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon complaining about the move to Senate Rules Committee chairwoman Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), whose panel made the decision.

The Rules Committee’s top Republican is the retiring Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri — inviting questions about whether Truman was promoted at Hamilton’s expense as a nod to the departing Show-Me-Stater.

One source told The Post that Schumer was heard telling Klobuchar — in apparent seriousness — that “you better put him back before the press finds out.”

A statue of President Harry S. Truman is unveiled during a Congressional statue dedication and unveiling ceremony in honor of President Harry S. Truman, in the Capitol Rotunda, in Washington, DC, USA, 29 September 2022.
A new statue of former President Harry S. Truman was installed where Alexander Hamilton’s statue lay.
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Alexander Hamilton statue
Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s statue was yanked from the Capitol Rotunda.
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A second source said Schumer made the remark to Klobuchar in jest after he learned at a bipartisan lunch about the abrupt demotion of the Founding Father.

At the lunch, Schumer “jokingly accused Blunt of being a descendent of Aaron Burr,” the second source said, referring to Thomas Jefferson’s vice president who killed Hamilton in an 1804 duel.

Blunt’s office did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on his role in the change — which left lower-profile figures like former Presidents James Garfield and Gerald Ford, in the Capitol’s most iconic space.

The Congressional statue of former President Harry S. Truman is unveiled in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer demands Alexander Hamilton’s statue to be reinstalled at the Capitol Rotunda.
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The Congressional statue of former President Harry S. Truman is unveiled during a ceremony in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.
The Congressional statue of former President Harry S. Truman is made of bronze.
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Garfield, from Ohio, died after about six months in office as president. Ford, from Michigan, became president after Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 and lost to Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election. Both men served in the House of Representatives.

A Klobuchar spokesperson told The Post that she “assured Sen. Schumer that we will find a good place for Alexander Hamilton, in ‘a room where it happens’” — a nod to the Broadway hit “Hamilton.”

But Klobuchar has shown no sign of reversing her decision out of deference to the Senate’s top Democrat.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claps during the unveiling of former President Harry Truman’s bronze statue.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claps during the unveiling of former President Harry Truman’s bronze statue.
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“She has also noted that there are over 200 statues in the Capitol, but only 16 women represented, and we look forward to the installation of statues depicting [Supreme Court] Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sandra Day O’Connor,” Klobuchar’s spokesperson said. “They will be installed because of a bill led by Sens. Klobuchar, [Susan] Collins, [Lisa] Murkowski and [Kyrsten] Sinema that passed by unanimous consent.”

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