HARTLEY BURR ALEXANDER, 1873-1939
Alexander was a poet, philosopher, educator, and authority on North American Indian mythology. Famous as the philosopher genius behind the symbolism and inscriptions for the Nebraska State Capitol, he wrote, "The salvation of the state is watchfulness in the citizen" and "Honor to pioneers who broke the sods that men to come might live." His successful work on the Capitol led to work on similar projects elsewhere. Alexander also penned Nebraska's football motto: "Not the victory but the action, not the goal but the game; in the deed the glory."