American Revolution Statuary

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American Revolution Statuary
John Paul Jones memorial DC.JPG
Location Washington, D.C.
Area less than one acre
Governing body National Park Service
NRHP Reference # 78000256[1]
Added to NRHP July 14, 1978[2]

American Revolution Statuary is a group of fourteen statues in Washington, D.C., listed with the National Register of Historic Places. The statues are scattered across Washington, mainly in squares and traffic circles, with four statues of European officers displayed in Lafayette Square, across from the White House[3]

In accordance with Executive Order 11593, by President Richard Nixon, the National Park Service surveyed, and registered Statuary of people of the American Revolution, in Washington, D.C. to aid in their preservation.[4][5][6]

All but one of the statues are cast in bronze. Franklin's statue was carved in marble. Five of the statues depict American military men, two (Franklin and Witherspoon) American politicians, and an eighth statue, that of Artemas Ward, depicts a military man who was also governor of Massachusetts. Five statues depict European officers who aided the American cause, and the one of Edmund Burke, a British politician who spoke out for the American cause. The U.S. Congress authorized the original placement of all the statues, and all but four (Burke, Franklin, Hale, and Witherspoon) were fully paid for with federal funds.[3]

Statues[edit]

  1. Lieutenant General George Washington38°54′8″N 77°3′1″W / 38.90222°N 77.05028°W / 38.90222; -77.05028 (Lt. Gen. Washington)
  2. Benjamin Franklin38°53′40″N 77°1′40″W / 38.89444°N 77.02778°W / 38.89444; -77.02778 (Jouvenal's Franklin)
  3. Major General Nathanael Greene38°53′37″N 76°59′59″W / 38.89361°N 76.99972°W / 38.89361; -76.99972 (Nathanael Greene)
  4. Captain Nathan Hale38°53′33″N 77°1′28″W / 38.89250°N 77.02444°W / 38.89250; -77.02444 (Nathan Hale)
  5. John Paul Jones Memorial38°53′18″N 77°2′22″W / 38.88833°N 77.03944°W / 38.88833; -77.03944 (John Paul Jones)
  6. Commodore John Barry38°54′7″N 77°1′54″W / 38.90194°N 77.03167°W / 38.90194; -77.03167 (Commodore Barry)
  7. Doctor John Witherspoon38°54′25″N 77°2′29″W / 38.90694°N 77.04139°W / 38.90694; -77.04139 (John Witherspoon)
  8. Edmund Burke38°54′14″N 77°1′38″W / 38.90389°N 77.02722°W / 38.90389; -77.02722 (Edmund Burke)
  9. General Casimir Pulaski38°53′45″N 77°1′48″W / 38.89583°N 77.03000°W / 38.89583; -77.03000 (Casimir Pulaski)
  10. Major General Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette38°53′56″N 77°2′7″W / 38.89889°N 77.03528°W / 38.89889; -77.03528 (Marquis de Lafayette)
  11. Brigadier General Thaddeus Kosciuszko38°54′0″N 77°2′7″W / 38.90000°N 77.03528°W / 38.90000; -77.03528 (Thaddeus Kosciuszko)
  12. Major General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben38°54′0″N 77°2′16″W / 38.90000°N 77.03778°W / 38.90000; -77.03778 (Gen. von Steuben)
  13. Major General Comte Jean de Rochambeau38°53′56″N 77°2′16″W / 38.89889°N 77.03778°W / 38.89889; -77.03778 (Comte de Rochambeau)
  14. General Artemas Ward38°56′16″N 77°5′9″W / 38.93778°N 77.08583°W / 38.93778; -77.08583 (Edmund Burke)[3]

See also[edit]

Civil War Monuments in Washington, DC

References[edit]