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Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Samuel Francis Du Pont

Memorial Fountain in Du Pont Circle

 
 
Samuel Francis Du Pont Memorial Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2010
1. Samuel Francis Du Pont Memorial Fountain
Inscription.

Samuel Francis Du Pont, United States Navy, 1803 - 1865
This memorial fountain replaces a statue erected by the Congress of the United States in recognition of his distinguished services.

 
Erected 1921 by the U.S. Congress.
 
Location. 38° 54.579′ N, 77° 2.606′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, NW and Connecticut Avenue, NW on Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Click for map. The memorial fountain is in the Du Pont Circle District, in the center of Du Pont Circle Park, at the convergence of 19th Street and Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire Avenues, NW. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20036, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. You are standing at the heart (within shouting distance of this marker); Development in the neighborhood (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); James G. Blaine Mansion (about 500 feet away); The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. (about 500 feet away); Andrew Mellon Building (about 500 feet away);
"This Memorial fountain replaces a statue erected by the Congress..." image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2010
2. "This Memorial fountain replaces a statue erected by the Congress..."
Close-up of inscription, north face of the memorial fountain pool in Du Pont Circle Park.
Woman's National Democratic Club (about 600 feet away); The Brewmaster's Castle (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing); St. Thomas' Parish Park (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Dupont Circle.
 
More about this marker. Daniel Chester French and architect Henry Bacon, the co-creators of the Lincoln Memorial, designed the fountain, which features carvings of three classical figures symbolizing the sea, the stars and the wind on the fountain's shaft.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Dupont Circle U.S. Historic District. (Submitted on June 29, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Honoring Admiral Dupont
Pacific Circle became Dupont Circle in 1882 in honor Civil War hero Admiral Samuel Dupont and in 1884, a bronze statue of the admiral by Launt Thompson was erected in the circle. In 1922, the statue was moved to Rockford
The Dupont Statue image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress (Chronicling America)
3. The Dupont Statue
Erected by order of Congress. Unveiled December 20, 1884.
Illustration in the Washington Star,, October 14, 1896
Park in Wilmington Delaware and replaced by the current fountain, commissioned by the Dupont family and sculpted by Daniel Chester French.
    — Submitted November 22, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

2. The Elements of Navigation
The three figures under the bowl of the fountain represent the the three elements of navigation: the Sea, the Stars, and the Wind.
    — Submitted November 22, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

3. Du Pont vs. Dupont
The non-standard spelling of Dupont as "Du Pont" makes this hard to find in the Database. But that's how it's spelled on the base of the fountain! On the other hand, it's "Dupont Circle" on anybody's map.
    — Submitted November 22, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
Additional keywords. South Atlantic Blockading Squadron; Battle of Port Royal; Daniel Chester French, sculptor; Henry Bacon, architect.
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, Mexican-AmericanWar, US Civil
 
The Sea image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 6, 2011
4. The Sea
The Stars image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 16, 2012
5. The Stars
The Wind image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 16, 2012
6. The Wind
Samuel Francis Du Pont image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
7. Samuel Francis Du Pont
This 1867-68 portrait of Samuel Francis Du Pont by Daniel Huntington hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“At the start of the Civil War, Samuel F. Du Pont was one of the navy's senior and most distinguished officers. Accordingly, he was given command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, the largest fleet ever commanded by a naval officer up to that time. His capture of Port Royal, South Carolina, in November 1861 was the first major Union naval victory of the war and demonstrated the effectiveness of the navy's improved ordnance against shore defenses. The victory earned Du Pont the rank of rear admiral. In 1863, however, Du Pont, leading a fleet of ironclads, failed to take Charleston and suffered the worst naval defeat of the war. He asked to be relieved of his command and the request was granted, thus ending a forty-five-year career in the navy rather ignominiously.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 813 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017.
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