San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sarcophagus of Thomas Starr King
Apostle of liberty, humanitarian, Unitarian minister, who in the Civil War bound California to the Union and led her to excel all other states in support of the United States Sanitary Commission, predecessor to the American Red Cross. His statue, together with that of Father Junípero Serra, represents California in the National Capitol, and his name is borne by a Yosemite peak -- "A man to match our mountains".
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 691
Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the California Historical Society and the First Unitarian Church of San Francisco,
Erected 1960 by California State Park Commission, California Historical Society, First Unitarian Church of San Francisco. (Marker Number 691.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Churches & Religion • Civil RightsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Unitarian Universalism (UUism) series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 24, 1960.
Location. 37° 47.083′ N, 122° 25.38′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Franklin Street and O'Farrell Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blanco's Café & Music Box (approx. ¼ mile away); 851 O'Farrell Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Mary Ellen Pleasant Memorial Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Soto Mission of San Francisco (approx. 0.3 miles away); Uoki Sakai (approx. 0.4 miles away); House of Gerhard F. Terschuren (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wally Heider Recording - 1969-1980 (approx. 0.4 miles away); 891 Post Street (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. The marker is on the west side of Franklin, right where O'Farrell turns into Starr King Way.
Also see . . .
1. First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco. Society website homepage:
"From 1860 until his untimely death in 1864, our congregation was inspired by the ministry of Thomas Starr King. In 1861, he traveled across the state (Submitted on December 28, 2015.)
2. Rev. Thomas Starr King. Starr King School for the Ministry website entry:
...On George Washington’s birthday in 1861, King fired an opening salvo in support of his country. He spoke for two hours to over a thousand people about how they should remember Washington by preserving the Union....“I pitched into Secession, Concession and (John C.) Calhoun (former U.S. vice president), right and left, and made the Southerners applaud,” King recalled. “I pledged California to a Northern Republic and to a flag that should have no treacherous threads of cotton in its warp, and the audience came down in thunder. At the close it was announced that I would repeat it the next night, and they gave me three rounds of cheers.” ... Speaking up and down the state, King visited rugged mining camps and said he never knew the exhilaration of public oratory until he faced a front row of men armed with Bowie knives and revolvers. (Submitted on December 28, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 28, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.