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Robert Edwin Peary

Discoverer of the North Pole - April 6, 1909

 

—[and] his beloved wife, Josephine Diebitsch (1863-1955) —

 
Robert Edwin Peary Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 4, 2008
1. Robert Edwin Peary Memorial
View of north and east side inscriptions. Note the three-inch bronze star on the globe representing the North Pole.
Inscription. Rear Admiral, USN; Civil Engineer, Explorer, Scientist (1856-1920)

Invenium Viam Avt Facium

Erected by the National Geographic Society.
Dedicated April 6, 1922, by the President of the United States, the Chief Justice of the United States, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Navy, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, and the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society.
 
Erected 1922 by National Geographic Society.
 
Location. 38° 52.233′ N, 77° 4.107′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on Jesup Drive, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is off Jessup Drive, in Section 8 of Arlington National Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Matthew Alexander Henson (here, next to this marker); U.S. Coast Guard Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Warriors and Their Brothers (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freedman’s Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); 96th Infantry Division, U.S. Army
Robert Edwin Peary Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 4, 2008
2. Robert Edwin Peary Memorial
View of south and west side inscriptions (note ANC's U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, across Jesup Drive in background).
(approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Freedman's Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Peacemaker (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lieut. Col. Edmund Rice (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Regarding Robert Edwin Peary. April 6, 1922 was the thirteenth anniversary of Peary's discovery of the North Pole.

The monument is fashioned, from Peary's own design,in the form of the globe with the terrestrial continents and islands embossed on it, and in proper axial position with the north pole, represented by an embossed star. This globe rests on a solid granite base. The actual unveiling of the monument was done by the late admiral's daughter, Marie Anighito Stafford, who was born in the arctic regions during one of the polar expeditions, and was known as the "Snow Baby." The ceremonies were under the auspices of the National Geographic Society, and were participated in by President Harding, the secretary of the navy, and other high officials.

Source: Popular Mechanics article published in June 1922.
 
Also see . . .
1. Robert Edwin Peary. Biography of Peary on the Arlington National Cemetery Website
"The Latin inscription:
Robert Edwin Peary Memorial, right, with Matthew Henson Memorial, center; Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 4, 2008
3. Robert Edwin Peary Memorial, right, with Matthew Henson Memorial, center;
U.S. Air Force Memorial, left background.
'Inveniam Viam Aut Facium' means 'I shall find a way or make one.' These words describe Peary's quest to find the North Pole, and his staunch determination to overcome all obstacles." (Submitted on December 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Robert Peary. (Submitted on December 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Matthew Henson, Ooqueah, Ootah, Egingwah, Seegloo.
 
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Robert Edwin Peary Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud
4. Robert Edwin Peary Marker
Robert Edwin Peary Marker and Matthew Henson Plaque at left Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud
5. Robert Edwin Peary Marker and Matthew Henson Plaque at left
Ground marker seen at lower right
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 899 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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