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Matthew Henson

A Lifetime of Exploration

 
 
Matthew Henson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 26, 2017
1. Matthew Henson Marker
Inscription.
August 8, 1866 - Born in Charles County, Maryland.
1877-1879 - At the age of 12, leaves home to live in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.
1879-1884 - Joins the crew of the ship "Katie Hines" as a cabin boy and explores the world. Learns to read, write, and navigate.
1887 - Joins Robert E. Peary to assist in the survey of Nicaragua for a possible canal.
1889 - Moves to Philadelphia and works as a messenger at the League Island Navy Yard.
1891 - Goes to the Greenland Expedition with Peary and lives with the Inuit for over a year.
1895 - Returns from the north to work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
1908 - Leaves on the USS Roosevelt for a last attempt at reaching the North Pole.
1909 - Reaches the North Pole with Peary and plants the American flag.
1913-1936 - Clerks in the federal customs house in New York.
1944 - Congress awards him the Peary Polar Medal.
1954 - Honored by President Eisenhower at the White House with his wife Lucy Henson.
March 9, 1955 - Dies at the age of 88.
 
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
 
Location. 39° 4.887′ N, 77° 
Matthew Henson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 26, 2017
2. Matthew Henson Marker
2.849′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Layhill Road (Maryland Route 182) 0.1 miles from Middlevale Lane, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Littleton Street, Silver Spring MD 20906, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bioretention Gardens (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Matthew Henson (approx. 1.2 miles away); RainScapes (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cisterns (approx. 1.3 miles away); Conservation Landscaping (approx. 1.3 miles away); Reforestation (approx. 1.4 miles away); Conduit Track Switch and Crossover (approx. 1.4 miles away); Old Glory (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
 
Also see . . .
1. Matthew Henson Trail. (Submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. Trail Design and Construction. (Submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
Matthew Henson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 26, 2017
3. Matthew Henson Marker
Matthew Alexander Henson image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress, circa 1910
4. Matthew Alexander Henson
On the sledge that went to the North Pole image. Click for full size.
George Grantham Bain (courtesy of the Library of Congress), circa 1910
5. On the sledge that went to the North Pole
From left to right: Donald Baxter MacMillan, George Borup, Thomas Gushue (1st Mate of the Roosevelt), and Matthew Alexander Henson. Between 1906 and 1909.
Matthew Henson at the Whitehouse, 1954 image. Click for full size.
By United Press, 1954
6. Matthew Henson at the Whitehouse, 1954
Matthew Henson shows President Eisenhower the location of the North Pole on a globe at the White House while his wife, Lucy Henson, watches.
Close-up of photo on marker
Matthew Henson on the Deck of the Roosevelt after 1909 expedition image. Click for full size.
7. Matthew Henson on the Deck of the Roosevelt after 1909 expedition
Close-up of photo on marker
Matthew Henson Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 26, 2017
8. Matthew Henson Trail Map
Matthew Henson Trail Logo image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 26, 2018
9. Matthew Henson Trail Logo
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 27, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   8. submitted on November 26, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   9. submitted on June 27, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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