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Caesar Rodney Monument

 
 
Caesar Rodney Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, December 30, 2009
1. Caesar Rodney Monument Marker
Inscription.  This statue was dedicated in 1923 to commemorate Caesar Rodney's ride to Philadelphia, July 1-2, 1776. Despite ill health, Rodney rode through thunder and rain to cast the deciding vote in the Delaware delegation for independence.
 
Erected 1992 by Delaware Heritage Commission.
 
Location. 39° 44.75′ N, 75° 32.833′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from N. Market Street. Between 10th & 11th Streets, and between Market and King streets, in Rodney Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rodney Square (a few steps from this marker); Saint Joseph Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A French Legion Kept Watch Here (about 800 feet away); Walnut Street YMCA (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spencer Plaza rain gardens are working to keep Wilmington's waterways clear!
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By Nate Davidson, April 3, 2010
2. Caesar Rodney Monument
Text around base of monument reads: "To commemorate Caesar Rodney's ride from Dover to Philadelphia to cast Delaware's vote for the Declaration of Independence - July 3 and 4, 1776." Contributor's Note: Rodney's ride actually occured on the night of July 1 & 2, 1776.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Knotty Pine Restaurant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Louis L. Redding City County Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Also see . . .
1. Caesar Rodney - Signer of the Declaration of Independence. (Submitted on May 30, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Delaware Declares Independence. “Thomas McKean and Caesar Rodney, the same two men who represented the Lower Counties in the Stamp Act Congress of 1765, proposed the Lower Counties’ simultaneous separation from Pennsylvania and the British crown. McKean and Rodney, along with George Read, represented the Lower Counties at the First Continental Congress in 1774 as well as the Second Continental Congress in 1775-76. When Read refused to vote for independence, McKean had famously summoned an ailing Rodney, who rode overnight from Dover, Delaware, to Philadelphia in order to cast his vote in favor of independence and break the Delaware delegation's stalemate.” (Submitted on June 15, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Caesar Rodney Monument image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, April 3, 2010
3. Caesar Rodney Monument
1923 bronze by sculptor James Edward Kelly (1855-1933) is 14 feet tall on a 29½ foot base.
Plaque on Front of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, April 3, 2010
4. Plaque on Front of Monument
Caesar Rodney arriving at Independence Hall Philadelphia, is greeted by Thomas McKean - July 4th, 1776. Contributor's Note: This event occured on July 2nd, 1776, not July 4.
Plaque on Rear of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, April 3, 2010
5. Plaque on Rear of Monument
"As I believe the voice of my constituents and of all sensible and honest men is in favor of Independence, my own judgement concurs with them. I vote for Independence."
Caesar Rodney Monument Decorated for Christmas image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, December 30, 2009
6. Caesar Rodney Monument Decorated for Christmas
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,052 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on December 24, 2018, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 29, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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