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Caesar Rodney Monument

 
 
Caesar Rodney Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, December 30, 2009
1. Caesar Rodney Monument Marker
Inscription. This statue was dedicated in 1923 to commemorate Caesar Rodney's ride to Philadelphia, July 1-2, 1776. Despite ill health, Rodney rode through thunder and rain to cast the deciding vote in the Delaware delegation for independence.
 
Erected 1992 by Delaware Heritage Commission.
 
Location. 39° 44.75′ N, 75° 32.833′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from N. King Street. Click for map. Between 10th & 11th Streets in Rodney Square. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint Joseph Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walnut Street YMCA (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spencer Plaza rain gardens are working to keep Wilmington's waterways clear! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Knotty Pine Restaurant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Louis L. Redding City County Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ezion-Mount Carmel United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Howard High School (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
 
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Caesar Rodney Monument image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, April 3, 2010
2. Caesar Rodney Monument
Text around base of monument reads: "To commemorate Caesar Rodney's ride from Dover to Philadelphia to cast Delaware's vote for the Declaration of Independence - July 3 and 4, 1776." Contributor's Note: Rodney's ride actually occured on the night of July 1 & 2, 1776.

1. Caesar Rodney - Signer of the Declaration of Independence. (Submitted on May 30, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Delaware Declares Independence. “Thomas McKean and Caesar Rodney, the same two men who represented the Lower Counties in the Stamp Act Congress of 1765, proposed the Lower Counties’ simultaneous separation from Pennsylvania and the British crown. McKean and Rodney, along with George Read, represented the Lower Counties at the First Continental Congress in 1774 as well as the Second Continental Congress in 1775-76. When Read refused to vote for independence, McKean had famously summoned an ailing Rodney, who rode overnight from Dover, Delaware, to Philadelphia in order to cast his vote in favor of independence and break the Delaware delegation's stalemate.” (Submitted on June 15, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Caesar Rodney Monument image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, April 3, 2010
3. Caesar Rodney Monument
1923 bronze by sculptor James Edward Kelly (1855-1933) is 14 feet tall on a 29½ foot base.
Plaque on Front of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, April 3, 2010
4. Plaque on Front of Monument
Caesar Rodney arriving at Independence Hall Philadelphia, is greeted by Thomas McKean - July 4th, 1776. Contributor's Note: This event occured on July 2nd, 1776, not July 4.
Plaque on Rear of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, April 3, 2010
5. Plaque on Rear of Monument
"As I believe the voice of my constituents and of all sensible and honest men is in favor of Independence, my own judgement concurs with them. I vote for Independence."
Caesar Rodney Monument Decorated for Christmas image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, December 30, 2009
6. Caesar Rodney Monument Decorated for Christmas
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 841 times since then and 11 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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