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John Eager Howard

 
 
John Eager Howard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, August 13, 2007
1. John Eager Howard Marker
Inscription. This park and sculpture commemorates Revolutionary War hero, benefactor and statesman John Eager Howard. Howard entered the Revolutionary Army at age 24, and soon gained military fame for his skillful and heroic use of the bayonet in the Battle of Cowpens. After the war, he served as Maryland Surveyor, Judge, Senator and Governor.

This park represents but a small piece of the the forest that once belonged to Howard. His magnificent 260-acre estate covered most of downtown Baltimore, stretching irregulary from near Pratt Street north to Biddle Street and from the Jones Falls at Read Street west to Eutaw Street. The estate, popularly called "Howard's Park," was used for generations as a scene of promenades, picnics, military exercises, and even as a dueling ground. The dismantling of the estate was in large part due to the generosity of Howard himself, who gave land freely for causes in which he believed.

His gifts for civic causes include the land for the Washington Monument, Lexington Market, several firehouses and even a cemetery for strangers. To religious groups, he was as ecumenical as he was generous, giving land for the Cathedral and several churches. Howard Street was named for him, Eutaw Street was named for one of his battles.

The sculpture of Howard leading his infantry interprets a tribute paid to
John Eager Howard statue, detail image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, August 13, 2007
2. John Eager Howard statue, detail
Howard by General Nathanael Green of Revolutionary War fame who wrote of him "He deserves a statue of gold, no less than the Roman and Grecian heroes." Howard died on October 12, 1827, at 75 years of age.

Mayor William Donald Schaefer and the Citizens of Baltimore
David L. Gerlach, Sculptor
Market Center Development Corporation,
Richard N. Stein, Chairman,
Robert Tennenbaum, President-Architect
The Delta Group, Landscape Architect
Municipal Arts Society of Baltimore
Glen-Gery Brick
 
Erected 1985 by Mayor William Donald Schaefer and the Citizens of Baltimore.
 
Location. 39° 17.793′ N, 76° 37.229′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on West Centre Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. King Gambrinus, 1879 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); On To Yorktown (about 500 feet away); H. Irvine Keyser (about 500 feet away); In Full Glory (about 600 feet away); The Enoch Pratt House (about 600 feet away); Maryland Historical Society
John Eager Howard statue image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 5, 2008
3. John Eager Howard statue
(about 600 feet away); Striving for Civil Liberties: The Progressives of Mount Vernon (about 700 feet away); Mother Seton House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Also see . . .  John Eager Howard. National Park Service, Portraits from the Southern Theater. (Submitted on May 18, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
John Eager Howard statue (detail) image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 5, 2008
4. John Eager Howard statue (detail)
John Eager Howard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 5, 2013
5. John Eager Howard Marker
A statue of John Eager Howard is located on Charles Street in Mount Vernon. GPS 39.2986N 76.6158W
John Eager Howard image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2015
6. John Eager Howard
This 1787 replica by Charles Wilson Peale of his 1784 portrait of John Eager Howard hangs at Hampton House in Towson, Maryland.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,095 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 5, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   5. submitted on January 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   6. submitted on May 18, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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