The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States of America, by the people of France, to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. The statue was built in France by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi with the assistance of Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower). After its completion, the statue was disassembled and eventually delivered to New York Harbor in June of 1885 (albeit slightly late for the centennial).
It took about 4 months to reassemble the statue on its newly built pedestal. The completed monument stands approximately 151' tall, and weighs about 225 tons. Lady Liberty was officially dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886.
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