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

Thomas R. Gedney

Subdued America's First Presidential Assassin

 

Congressional Cemetery

 
Thomas R. Gedney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 29, 2019
1. Thomas R. Gedney Marker
Inscription.  On the "cold, damp" day of Friday, January 30, 1835 President Andrew Jackson and other dignitaries attended a memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda for the recently deceased South Carolina Congressman Warren R. Davis. As the crows departed at the east portico in front of the edifice, a sinister figure, hidden behind one of the huge columns, waited for Jackson to approach. When about eight feet away, Richard Lawrence, a deranged, unemployed house painter, drew a pistol and aimed at the President — it misfired! Dropping the weapon he pulled another with the same results. Naval Captain Thomas R. Gedney and Congressman Davey Crockett lunged at Lawrence, grabbing him with his arms, knocking him down "and then pinioned him." Gadney "held the assassin fast," releasing him to United States Marshall Alexander Hunter.
 
Erected by Historic Congressional Cemetery.
 
Location. 38° 52.962′ N, 76° 58.661′ W. Marker is in Barney Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from E Street Southeast 0.1 miles
Thomas R. Gedney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 29, 2019
2. Thomas R. Gedney Marker
east of Potomac Avenue Southeast, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 E Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Smilie (here, next to this marker); Elbridge Gerry (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Elbridge Gerry (a few steps from this marker); Uriah Tracy (a few steps from this marker); Pushmataha (within shouting distance of this marker); Levi Casey (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Congressional Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barney Circle.
 
Categories. Government & Politics
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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