Bladensburg in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894)
In the wake of the economic "Panic of 1893", social reformer Jacob Coxey and his "Army of the Commonwealth," consisting of approximately 500 unemployed workers, marched from Ohio to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate at the Capitol for unemployment relief. Following their march on Washington, Coxey and his Army were invited to stay at the George Washington House Hotel in Bladensburg by its proprietor. On May 14, 1894, the group's rank-and-file members camped in the hotel's backyard while Jacob Coxey, his wife, his infant son Legal Tender Coxey, and his assistant Carl Browne were given free rooms. Floodwaters forced Coxey's Army to flee Bladensburg on May 20, 1894. Jacob Coxey (1854-1951) ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1894, 1916, and 1942 and for president in 1932 and 1936.
Text with middle-left photo: Carl Browne on horseback, with Coxey's Army. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Text with lower-left photo: Encampment of Coxey's Army. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Text with middle photo: Jacob Coxey. Courtesy of
Text with upper-right photo: George Washington House Hotel. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1814.
Location. 38° 56.106′ N, 76° 56.3′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Annapolis Road (Maryland Route 450) and 46th Street. Marker is in Bladensburg Waterfront Park, .2 miles south of the entrance at this intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Duels and the Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (a few steps from this marker); Dinosaur Alley (a few steps from this marker); The Incidental Cause of the Star-Spangled Banner (1814) (a few steps from this marker); Colonial Ropemaking (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Telegraph Line (1844) (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Bladensburg Waterfront Park - Port Town History (within shouting distance of this marker); First Unmanned Balloon Ascension (1784) (within shouting distance of this marker); Joshua Barney's Barge and the Chesapeake Flotilla (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bladensburg.
More about this marker. The George Washington House, reference by this marker, is located .5 miles north of this marker.
Also see . . . Bladensburg Waterfront Park. (Submitted on March 9, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,723 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 9, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 2. submitted on July 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on September 8, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.