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200th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington

 
 
200th Anniversary of Birth of George Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 30, 2008
1. 200th Anniversary of Birth of George Washington Marker
Inscription.
By his faith in God and man he built our nation
Erected in 1932 by the
New York State Commission
for the celebration of the
two hundredth anniversary of the birth of
George Washington

Hon. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Governor
Hon. Herbert H. Lehman, Lieutenant Governor
Hon. Frank P. Graves, Commissioner of Education
Charles J. Tobin, Chairman Albany, N.Y.
Arthur H. Wicks, Vice - Chairman Kingston, N.Y.
 
Erected 1932 by New York State Commission For The Celebration Of The Two Hundredth Anniversary Of The Birth Of George Washington.
 
Location. 42° 39.22′ N, 73° 45.556′ W. Marker is in Albany, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on South Swan Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Directly across the street from the entrance to the Alfred E. Smith State Office building at 80 South Swan Street. If the statue of Washington was able to lean forward and look down he'd be able to see the marker, though it would be upside down for him. Marker is in this post office area: Albany NY 12239, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New York State Office Building (within shouting distance of this marker);
George Washington Statue image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 19, 2008
2. George Washington Statue
The marker is in the lower left of the photo.
LaFayette Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln in Albany (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Modern Electricity (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Philip Henry Sheridan Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); NSDAR Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Main Entrance to Old Capitol (approx. 0.2 miles away); Academy Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Albany.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a horizontal surface on the base (plinth) which the life size statue of George Washington rests upon.
 
Regarding 200th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington. The 6 foot, 7 inch tall bronse sculpture of George Washington stands leaning on a cane in his proper right hand, with his proper left hand resting on a bundle of fasces. (A fasces is a bundle of rods, often with a battle axe, bound together with ribbon. It was a symbol of authority in the Roman Republic. Singly the rods are easily broken, bound together they are unbreakable,
200th Anniversary of Birth of George Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 30, 2008
3. 200th Anniversary of Birth of George Washington Marker
Bronze Sculpture of George Washington upon a base of granite.
signifying strength in unity. Also a bundle of rods by itself indicated that a Roman official had the power to inflict corporal punishment; adding an axe to the bundle of rods implied the power to inflict death as well.) Washington is in the uniform of a Revolutionary officer. A cloak is draped over the fasces and a sword hangs from them. A plow is on the ground behind Washington. The sculpture is mounted on a rectangular base.

The sculpture, dedicated in November of 1932, is a copy of an original 1788 marble made by Jean Antoine Houdon and located in Virginia's state capitol. The bronze copy was installed by the New York State Commission in honor of Washington's 200th birthday anniversary. After the sculpture was installed, a debate ensued over whether the members of the George Washington Bi-Centennial Commission would be allowed to place a plaque with their names on the base.
 
Additional keywords. New York State Capitol Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Bronze Statue of George Washington image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 30, 2008
4. Bronze Statue of George Washington
The Alred E. Smith New York State building is in the background across South Swan Street from this Statue. The black automobile in the photo is on South Swan Street
 
 
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