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Thomas Jefferson

National Memorial Cornerstone

 

—National Historic Landmark —

 
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2012
1. Thomas Jefferson Memorial Cornerstone
Inscription.

This Cornerstone
was laid by
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
President of the
United States of America
1939

 
Erected 1943 by United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 38° 52.891′ N, 77° 2.191′ W. Marker is in the Tidal Basin, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from 14th Street, SW north of Ohio Avenue, SW when traveling west. Click for map. Basin Drive is accessible to pedestrians and cyclists in West Potomac Park which is off the Potomac River on the south bank of the Tidal Basin. The cornerstone is at the top of the grand staircase at the main (north) entrance to the memorial's rotunda. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 W. Basin Drive, SW, Washington DC 20242, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Defender of Liberty (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cuban Friendship Urn (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Gift of Trees - The 1910 Shipment (approx. ¼ mile away); The Gift of Friendship
Thomas Jefferson Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2012
2. Thomas Jefferson Memorial
(approx. ¼ mile away); The Line of Duty (approx. 0.4 miles away); Keeping the Cherry Trees Healthy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Air Mail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Quotations in the Jefferson Memorial. (Submitted on December 17, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Jefferson Memorial. (Submitted on December 17, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Jefferson Memorial - Historic American Buildings Survey Record. Contains more than 100 photos and schematics for the Jefferson Memorial. (Submitted on December 23, 2012.) 

4. Carol Highsmith America.com. (Submitted on May 21, 2015.)
 
Additional keywords. John Russell Pope, architect; John McShain, builder; Rudulph Evans, sculptor
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PlacesPolitics
 
"Memorial to Thomas Jefferson - Third President of the United States" ... image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2012
3. "Memorial to Thomas Jefferson - Third President of the United States" ...
- fading inscriptions above the door across from the cornerstone, acknowledging the builders and members of the Memorial Commission.
"Thomas Jefferson, 1747-1826" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2012
4. "Thomas Jefferson, 1747-1826"
statue cast in bronze, 1948
Rudulph Evans, sculptor.
Jefferson's statue with his words on east interior of the rotunda image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2012
5. Jefferson's statue with his words on east interior of the rotunda
Jefferson's statue with his words on west interior of the rotunda image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2012
6. Jefferson's statue with his words on west interior of the rotunda
Jefferson's statue with his words on north interior of the rotunda image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2012
7. Jefferson's statue with his words on north interior of the rotunda
Jefferson's statue with his words on south interior of the rotunda image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2012
8. Jefferson's statue with his words on south interior of the rotunda
The Tidal Basin viewed from the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 14, 2011
9. The Tidal Basin viewed from the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
with the Washington Monument in the background on the National Mall.
<i>Rudulph Evans's statue of Thomas Jefferson...</i> image. Click for full size.
By Carol Highsmith, circa 1990
10. Rudulph Evans's statue of Thomas Jefferson...
This image is from the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Thomas Jefferson image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
11. Thomas Jefferson
This portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Gilbert Stuart hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Thomas Jefferson's tombstone notes, by his own instruction, that he authored the Declaration of Independence, founded the University of Virginia, and was responsible for Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom. But it fails to mention that this philosopher inventor, and scientist was also president of the United States. This does not mean that his administration lacked significance. During Jefferson's presidency, the nation acquired from France the vast wilderness known as the Louisiana Purchase and successfully stood its ground against extortion attempts from Barbary Coast pirates in the Mediterranean. These early successes, however, paled in comparison to the wrath later heaped on Jefferson in the wake of the economically disastrous trade embargo he imposed in response to British and French interference with U. S. shipping. A beleaguered Jefferson ended his presidency by calling it a best-forgotton ‘splendid misery.’

Gilbert Stuart was not only early America's most admired portraitist but also an eccentric known for procrastinating. After sitting for this portrait in 1805, Jefferson had to wait sixteen years before it was finally delivered. ” — National Portrait Gallery
Aerial view of Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument, Washington, D.C. image. Click for full size.
By Carol Highsmith, April 30, 2007
12. Aerial view of Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.
This image is from the Carol M. Highsmith Archive,courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 481 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   10. submitted on .   11. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   12. submitted on . • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 11, 2016.
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