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George Washington Monument

 
 
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By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
1. George Washington Monument Marker
Prominent Virginian Thomas Jefferson, with seated female figure representing Independence.
Inscription. Washington

(Marker conveys the impact of Virginians on our Country's history through its prominent and allegorical figures. See the "More about this marker" section and the links for more information).
 
Erected 1858.
 
Location. 37° 32.373′ N, 77° 26.043′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on N. 9th Street near E. Grace Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Capitol Square. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Inauguration of Davis (here, next to this marker); Harry Flood Byrd (within shouting distance of this marker); Oak Tree Planted in Honor of (within shouting distance of this marker); Zero Milestone (within shouting distance of this marker); William Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedmen's Bureau Freedman's Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgar Allen Poe (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas J. Jackson, General CSA (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. The monument consists of a bronze equestrian portrait
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By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
2. George Washington Monument Marker
Prominent Virginian George Mason, with seated female figure representing the Bill of Rights.
of George Washington atop an elaborate granite base adorned on the sides with standing bronze figures of six prominent Virginians—Patrick Henry, Andrew Lewis, John Marshall, Thomas Nelson, Thomas Jefferson, and George Mason. Seated just below the male figures are six bronze allegorical female figures representing Revolution, Colonial Times, Justice, Finance, Independence, and the Bill of Rights. The monument is installed in the center of the Capital Square traffic circle.

The cornerstone was laid Feb. 22, 1850 and the monument dedicated Feb. 22, 1858. The last figure was installed in 1869.

In 1856, Thomas Crawford completed the equestrian statue of George Washington in Rome and had it cast in Munich; however, he died on Oct. 10, 1857 just before the sculpture arrived in America on Nov. 2, 1857. Before he died, Crawford had also completed models for all of the other bronze figures on the monument, but only the figures of Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry were ready in time for the dedication, which took place on Feb. 22, 1858. Randolph Rogers completed the statues of George Mason, installed in 1860; John Marshall, installed in March of 1867; Andrew Lewis, installed Sept. of 1867; and Thomas Nelson, installed in Sept. of 1867. The six allegorical female figures were all completed by 1869.

Information Source: Smithsonian Institution Research Information
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By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
3. George Washington Monument Marker
Prominent Virginian Patrick Henry, with seated female figure representing Revolution.
System (SIRIS)
 
Also see . . .
1. Biography of George Washington. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Biography of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson is the prominent Virginian paired with the allegorical figure of Independence (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. George Mason and the Bill of Rights. George Mason is the prominent Virginian paired with the allegorical figure of the Bill of Rights. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

4. Patrick Henry, the most celebrated orator of the American Revolution. Patrick Henry is the prominent Virginian paired with the allegorical figure of Revolution. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

5. Andrew Lewis, Augusta Colonial Founder. Andrew Lewis, the prominent Virginian paired with the allegorical figure of Colonial Times, stood on the very threshold of the colonial era, which was fought with such momentous events. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

6. John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. John Marshall is the prominent Virginian paired with the allegorical figure of Justice. Marshall served as Chief Justice for 34 years, the longest
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By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
4. George Washington Monument Marker
Prominent Virginian Andrew Lewis, with seated female figure representing Colonial Times.
tenure of any Chief Justice. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

7. Biographical Sketch of Thomas Nelson, Jr. Thomas Nelson, Jr., is the prominent Virginian paired with the allegorical figure of Finance. Nelson was particularly effective in soliciting wealthy plantation owners for funds, and contributed most of his own wealth, to raise, outfit, and train troops to fight against the British during the Revolutionary War. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
5. George Washington Monument Marker
Prominent Virginian John Marshall, with seated female figure representing Justice.
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By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
6. George Washington Monument Marker
Prominent Virginian Thomas Nelson, Jr., with seated female figure representing Finance.
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By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
7. George Washington Monument Marker
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By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
8. George Washington Monument Marker
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By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
9. George Washington Monument Marker
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By Nelson Anderson, March 22, 2008
10. George Washington Monument Marker (Half Plate Daguerreotype Case 1858)
Daguerreotype case (Berg 1-35) "Washington Monument with Seraphs and Eagles" Made by A.P.Critchlow and Co. 1858. The engraver's name F.Goll (Frederick P. Goll) appears on the left side of the base of the statue.
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By Southern Bargain House, Richmond, Va.
11. Washington Monument, (Capitol Square), Richmond, Va.
This imposing work of art by Thomas Crawford (father of F. Marion Crawford, the novelist) has been declared by competent critics to be the finest equestrian statue in the world. It was unveiled Feb. 22, 1838; it is said that 'when the wall was withdrawn a sunbeam fell on the horse and rider, through the falling snow, making a most striking scene.' The design of the base is a six-ray star, the statue of an eminent Virginian resting upon each ray, as follows: Patrick Henry, Geo. Mason, Thos. Jefferson, John Marshall, Thos. Nelson, Jr., and Andrew Lewis. VCU Libraries Digital Collections - Rarely Seen Richmond
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,002 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   9. submitted on January 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   10. submitted on July 9, 2010, by Nelson Anderson of Modesto, California.   11. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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