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Thomas Wildey Monument

 
 
Thomas Wildey Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
1. Thomas Wildey Monument
Inscription. Thomas Widley, born January 15, 1782.

Thomas Widley, died October 19, 1861.

He who realizes that the true mission of man on earth is to rise above the level of individual influence and to recognize the fatherhood of God overall and the brotherhood of man is nature’s true nobleman.

The site for this monument was unanimously voted by the Mayor and City of Baltimore, Anno Domini MDCCCLXV.

This column erected by the joint contributions of the lodges, encampments and individual members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the United States of America and, jurisdiction thereunto belonging, commemorates the founding of the Order in the City of Baltimore on the 26th day of April 1819 by Thomas Wildey.
 
Erected 1865 by Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the United States of America.
 
Location. 39° 17.598′ N, 76° 35.638′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Broadway 0.1 miles from Fayette Street, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Church Home and Hospital (here, next to this marker); Site of Poe’s Death
Top of Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
2. Top of Monument
Marble monument, sculpted by Edward F. Durang and approx. 52 feet high, is a tall doric column is topped by a depiction of Charity. Charity holds a child in her arms and is looking down at another child at her side.
(a few steps from this marker); Ferdinand Clairborne Latrobe (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The General’s Highway (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Dunbar High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); On to Yorktown (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1781 Friends Meeting House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Regarding Thomas Wildey Monument. “Thomas Wildey (1782–1861) rose quickly through the chairs of the Odd Fellow Lodge in his native London, and two years after moving to Baltimore, established the first Odd Fellows Lodge in the United States, known as the Washington Lodge Number One.” —Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
 
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Top of Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
3. Top of Monument
The Monument image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 13, 2008
4. The Monument
Thomas Wildey Grave image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, May 16, 2009
5. Thomas Wildey Grave
Buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore
Thomas Wildey, Born January 15, 1782 image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
6. Thomas Wildey, Born January 15, 1782
Odd Fellows plaque on opposite side of monument. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
7. Odd Fellows plaque on opposite side of monument.
Seal reads, “Amicitia Amor et Veritas. Grand Lodge of the United States of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 1834. ‘We command you to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan.’ ”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,854 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4. submitted on April 13, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   5. submitted on July 11, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   6, 7. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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