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Peter Cooper Park
Despite his many successful ventures, Cooper failed in his bid for the presidency in 1876. Representing the Greenback party, he captured 81,737 popular votes. The real contest, however, Was between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Jones Tilden. Although Tilden won a majority of the popular vote, he lost the electoral college vote, 185 to 184, to Hayes in an election that was widely regarded as being stolen by the Republicans.
Cooper dedicated his life and wealth to philanthropy,
Following Cooper’s death in 1863, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), the preeminent 19th century sculptor and one of the earliest alumni of Cooper Union (class of 1864), was commissioned to design a monument in honor of the great visionary. St. Gaudens collaborated with the renowned architect Stanford White (1853-1906) who created the marble and granite canopy. The official dedication took place on May 29, 1897 at the northern end of Cooper Park.
The park was deeded to the city in 1828 for uses as a public space by Charles H. Hall, a descendant of Governor Peter Stuyvesant. Named Stuyvesant Square at the time it was acquired by Parks in 1850, it was referred
More recent improvements have focused on making the park more beautiful and more accessible. The monument was restored in 1987 under the Adopt-a-Monument program, a joint project of the Municipal Art Society, the Art Commission, and Parks & Recreation. In February 1999, Commissioner Stern and Cooper Union President John Jay Iselin celebrated the 140th anniversary of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, commemorating the legacy of Peter Cooper. As of the summer on 1999, new benches and daytime access have opened Cooper Square to all of its neighbors.
City of New York Parks & Recreation
Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor
Adrian Benepe, Commissioner
Text Written: July 1999
Erected 1999 by City of New York Parks & Recreation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducation • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine. A significant historical date for this entry is February 27, 1860.
Location. 40° 43.736′ N, 73° 59.432′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on 3rd Avenue near East 7th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 57 3rd Avenue, New York NY 10003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Tower Of Music (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cooper Union (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Cooper Union (within shouting distance of this marker); Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Astor Library (about 400 feet away); Paresis Hall (about 400 feet away); 27 Cooper Square (about 400 feet away); Daniel Leroy House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Peter Cooper at Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 1, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Cooper family gravesite at Find A Grave. Another illustrious resident of Green-Wood Cemetery. (Submitted on November 1, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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