New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Major General William Jenkins Worth
1794 – 1849
Began his military career in the War of 1812
and from 1820 to 1828 was Commandant of Cadets at West Point.
In the Mexican-American War, he distinguished himself in battles inscribed on this monument.
Brevetted a Major General in 1846, he was awarded a congressional sword of honor in 1847.
Worth was Army Commander of the Department of Texas
when cholera took his life in 1849.
Named in his honor are Fort Worth, Texas,
Lake Worth, Florida and Worth Street in lower Manhattan.
James Goodwin Batterson, architect
Monument and tomb are Quincy granite and bronze
Cast-iron fence replicates the Congressional Sword.
Restoration in 1995 made possible by
The Paul and Klara Porzelt Foundation and
James A. Woodruff, Jr. Commander USN (Ret.)
Great-Great-Grandson of Major General Worth,
and other private donations
through the adopt-a-monument program sponsored by
The Municipal Art Society
Art Commission of the City of New York
Perpetual maintenance endowment funded by
James A Woodruff, Jr., Commander USN (Ret.)
[ Right of Monument: ]
Ducit Amor Patria
[ Back of Monument: ]
Under this monument
lies the body of
William Jenkins Worth
Born in Hudson,
March 1, 1794
Died in Texas
May 7, 1849
[ Left of Monument: ]
By the Corporation
City of New York
Honor the Brave
Erected 1857 by Corporation of the City of New York.
Location. 40° 44.561′ N, 73° 59.339′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Avenue and W 25th Street, on the right when traveling south on 5th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in the middle of Worth Square, a triangle of land at the intersection of 5th Avenue, Broadway and W 25th Street and across the street from Madison Square Park. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Worth Square (here, next to this marker); To Our Heroes (within shouting distance of this marker); Eternal Light Flagstaff (within shouting distance of this marker); David Glasgow Farragut (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fifth Avenue Building (about 400 feet away); William H. Seward (about 400 feet away); Madison Avenue Centennial (about 400 feet away); Edith Wharton (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Biography of William J. Worth. (Submitted on March 28, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. General Worth Monument. New York City Department of Parks & Recreation website. (Submitted on March 28, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War of 1812 • War, Mexican-American •
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