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To George Washington

 
 
The Washington Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
1. The Washington Monument
Inscription. To George Washington by the State of Maryland. Born 22 February 1732. Died 14 December 1799.

To George Washington by the State of Maryland. Commander in Chief of the American Army, 15 June 1775. Commission resigned at Annapolis, 23 December 1783.

To George Washington by the State of Maryland. Trenton, 26 December 1776. Yorktown, 19 October 1781.

To George Washington by the State of Maryland. President of the United States, 4 March 1789. Retired to Mount Vernon, 4 March 1797.
 
Erected 1815 by State of Maryland.
 
Location. 39° 17.835′ N, 76° 36.938′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of North Charles Street and Monument Street, in the median on North Charles Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lafayette Monument (here, next to this marker); A Monumental Honor (a few steps from this marker); Washington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peabody Library (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peabody Conservatory
Washington Monument heading north on Charles Street image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
2. Washington Monument heading north on Charles Street
(within shouting distance of this marker); Hackerman House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Vernon Cultural Walk-Contributing to Society (within shouting distance of this marker); A Monumental Mistake (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
More about this marker. The marble statue of Washington on this 188 foot monument is 16 feet high and was carved by Enrico Causici, depicting General Washington as he resigned his commission in Annapolis after the Revolutionary War in 1782. The monument was designed by the architect Robert Mills. Cornerstone was laid July 4, 1815 and the sculpture installed November 25, 1829.
 
Also see . . .  Severn Teackle Wallis. (Submitted on September 9, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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To George Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 5, 2013
3. To George Washington Marker
Statue at the top of the monument-close up
1915 Centenary Plaque<br>Inside the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
4. 1915 Centenary Plaque
Inside the Monument

1815 - 1915
This Monument
Is the first erected by any city or state
In Honor Of
George Washington
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The corner-stone was laid with impressive ceremonies by the Grand Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Hon. Levin Winder, Governor of Maryland acting as Most Worshipful Grand Master. James A.Buchanan, President of Board of Managers, Col. John Eager Howard and Gen. Samuel Smith, President and Vice-President of the Society of the Cincinnati and Edward Johnson, Mayor of Baltimore, were the official witnesses.

The raising of $100,000 by lottery for the erection of the monument was specifically authorized by the Maryland Legislature of 1810. But the cost of the Monument more than doubled that sum, and the amount not raised by the lottery was contributed by the State and by private individuals. The same act place the execution of the entire project in the hands of a special board.
Board of Managers

John Conegys, Dr. James Cooke, James Partridge, James A. Buchanan, John Frick, Nickolas G. Ridgely, Robert Gilmor, Jr., James Williams, Robert Miller, Isaac McKim, James Barroll, Nathaniel F. Williams, William H. Winder, Washington Hall, Levi Hollingsworth, David Winchester, Lemuel Taylor, William Gwynn, Fielding Lucas, Jr., George Hoffman, Benjamin H. Mullikin, James Calhoun, Jr., Edw. J. Coale, Eli Simkins
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This site was donated by Col. John Eager Howard. The marble for the base by Gen. Charles Ridgely of Hampton. The monument was completed in 1829.
Robert Mills of South Carolina was the architect. His design of he statue executed by Causici, represents General Washington resigning his commission as Commander in Chief to Congress in Annapolis.

“Resign with satisfaction the appointment I accepted with diffidence — a diffidence in my abilities to accomplish so arduous a task, which, however was superseded by a confidence in the rectitude of our cause. The support of the supreme power of the union and the patronage of Heaven.” George Washington

This tablet was here placed July 4, 1915, in commemoration of the centenary of the laying of the cornerstone. The Grand Lodge of Maryland, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Gen. Thomas J.Shryock. M.W.G.M. and the leading patriotic societies of City and State participated in the attendant ceremonies. The official record of which will be found in the City Council Journal for the year 1915.
James H.Preston, Mayor
Bust of George Washington image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
5. Bust of George Washington
Inside the Monument
<b>George Washington</b><br><i>After orginial by Giuseppe Ceracchi</i> image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
6. George Washington
After orginial by Giuseppe Ceracchi
This colossal marble sculpture portrays George Washington as a classical hero in Roman dress. Robert Mills, the Monument's architect, envisioned this room as a portrait gallery of the nation's founders, but this bust of Washington, purchased from the estate of William Howard, is the only artwork that was ever installed. It has greeted visitors to the Washington Monument on this pedestal since 1843.
The Washington Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
7. The Washington Monument
George Washington image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
8. George Washington
Statue by Enrico Causici
Washington Monument looking west on Monument Street image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
9. Washington Monument looking west on Monument Street
The 1906 Severn Teackle Wallis Monument in foreground. The bronze of the prominent Baltimore lawyer, poet, author and orator is by the French sculptor Laurent Honore Marqueste (1848-1920) and is 7 feet high on a 6½ foot base. Mr. Wallis was born in 1816 and died in 1894.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,682 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   9. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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