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Troy in Rensselaer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Uncle Sam Monument

 
 
Uncle Sam Monument image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 22, 2008
1. Uncle Sam Monument
Inscription.
[Front]
*Uncle Sam*
Wilson

1766 1854 of Troy - New York
Born in Arlington - Mass

[Right]
Sam Wilson- One of
the Prime Movers For
Incorporation of * Troy as Village - 1794
City - 1816 *

[Left]
U.S. of America
Uncle Sam
* Originated During
War of 1812*

[Back]
Troy's Citizen
America's Uncle
The Big Thing is Not What
Happens to Us in Life - But
What We Do About
What Happens to Us. -Sam Wilson

 
Erected 1980.
 
Location. 42° 43.969′ N, 73° 41.406′ W. Marker is in Troy, New York, in Rensselaer County. Marker is at the intersection of River Street (New York State Route 4) and Fulton Street, on the right when traveling south on River Street. Touch for map. The Uncle Sam Monument lends its name to the adjacent Uncle Sam Bus Stop. Marker is in this post office area: Troy NY 12180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Locking Through (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Fire of 1862 (about 700 feet away); History of 1819 Fifth Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); W & L E Gurley Building
Uncle Sam Monument Marker - Base of Statue - Front image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 8, 2008
2. Uncle Sam Monument Marker - Base of Statue - Front
(approx. 0.2 miles away); T'was The Night Before Christmas (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Rescue of Charles Nalle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to the Collar City! (approx. 0.3 miles away); Church of the Holy Cross (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
 
Regarding Uncle Sam Monument. During the War of 1812, Samuel Wilson was a government supplies inspector. All provisions passing his inspection were stencilled 'U.S.,' giving rise to the nickname 'Uncle Sam.' Cartoons depicting 'Uncle Sam' first appeared in 1852. Whiskers and stars were later added. Congress declared 'Uncle Sam' Wilson progenitor of America's national symbol in 1961. He died in 1854 and is buried in Troy's Oakwood Cemetery.

The piece was sculpted by artist George Kratina, of sheet and cast aluminum, and features a full length male figure representing the national symbol, "Uncle Sam," standing atop a square aluminum base that rests on a circular brick base. The figure wears a billowing cape and stands in front of a barrel and a pile of bricks. The barrel represents the barrels Sam Wilson packed with meat for the U.S. Government, and
Uncle Sam Monument Marker - Base of Statue - Right image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 8, 2008
3. Uncle Sam Monument Marker - Base of Statue - Right
the bricks represent the brick business he operated with his brother that helped to build the city of Troy. He carries a top hat in his proper left hand and he rests his proper right hand on the lapel of his jacket.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Uncle Sam New York State Marker
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismPoliticsWar of 1812
 
Uncle Sam Monument Marker - Base of Statue - Back image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 22, 2008
4. Uncle Sam Monument Marker - Base of Statue - Back
Uncle Sam Monument Marker - Base of Statue - Left image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 22, 2008
5. Uncle Sam Monument Marker - Base of Statue - Left
Uncle Sam Monument image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 22, 2008
6. Uncle Sam Monument
Waiting for the Bus with Uncle Sam image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous
7. Waiting for the Bus with Uncle Sam
The Uncle Sam Bus Stop Beside the Uncle Sam Monument in Troy image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 8, 2008
8. The Uncle Sam Bus Stop Beside the Uncle Sam Monument in Troy
Sam Wilson image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous
9. Sam Wilson
A portriat of Sam Wilson, formerly on display at Troy City Hall.
Uncle Sam Monument in Oakwood Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 6, 2008
10. Uncle Sam Monument in Oakwood Cemetery
In 1854, Samuel Wilson died and was buried in Troy’s Mt. Ida Cemetery. In 1858 his son Benjamin bought a plot at Oakwood and Samuel was re-interred at Oakwood. His wife Betsey is beside him. Also three of his children and two of his grandchildren are buried in the Oakwood cemetery.
Uncle Sam Wants You image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
11. Uncle Sam Wants You
This is one of the most widely recognized Uncle Sam images, a WWI recruiting poster created by James M. Flagg in 1916.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 563 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on August 28, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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