Daniel Webster Memorial

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Webster, Daniel, Memorial
Daniel Webster statue in Washington DC.JPG
Daniel Webster Memorial is located in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Webster Memorial
Location Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′26″N 77°2′14.2″W / 38.90722°N 77.037278°W / 38.90722; -77.037278Coordinates: 38°54′26″N 77°2′14.2″W / 38.90722°N 77.037278°W / 38.90722; -77.037278
Area less than one acre
Built 1900
Architect Gaetano Trentanove
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Federal
MPS Memorials in Washington, D.C.
NRHP Reference # 07001063[1]
Added to NRHP October 12, 2007

The Daniel Webster Memorial is a monument in Washington, D.C. honoring U.S. statesman Daniel Webster. It is located near Webster's former home at 1603 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, beside Scott Circle at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue.

The statue of Webster was given to the United States government by Stilson Hutchins, founder of the Washington Post and a fellow native of New Hampshire.[2] An Act of Congress on July 1, 1898 authorized its erection on public grounds and appropriated $4,000 for a pedestal. The memorial was dedicated on January 19, 1900.[2][3] On October 12, 2007, the Daniel Webster Memorial was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1][3]

The Daniel Webster Memorial consists of a 12-foot (3.7 m) bronze statue of Webster on an 18-foot (5.5 m) granite pedestal in a sober classical style. The statue was sculpted by Gaetano Trentanove.[4]

On the east and west sides of the pedestal are bronze bas-relief panels illustrating events in Webster's life: the Webster–Hayne debate; the dedication of the Bunker Hill Monument.[5]

The inscription reads:
G. Trentanove F. Galli Fuseri, Firenze 1898 Italia
(Front of base:)
DANIEL WEBSTER
LIBERTY AND UNION
NOW AND FOREVER
ONE AND INSEPARABLE
(Proper left bottom:)
BORN AT
SALISBURY, N.H.
JAN 18, 1782
DIED AT
MARSHFIELD MASS
OCT. 24, 1852
(Bottom rear:)
GIVEN BY STILLSON HUTCHINS
A NATIVE OF N.H.
DEDICATED JAN. 18, 1900
(Rear top:)
OUR COUNTRY
OUR WHOLE COUNTRY
AND NOTHING BUT
OUR COUNTRY
(Proper right, bottom:)
EXPOUNDER
AND DEFENDER
OF THE CONSTITUTION

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "National Capital Parks". National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b Bednar, Michael (2006). L'Enfant's Legacy: Public Open Spaces in Washington, D.C. JHU Press. p. 163. ISBN 0-8018-8318-0. 
  4. ^ "Daniel Webster, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution Research Information System. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  5. ^ "Webster, Daniel: Memorial on Scott Circle in Washington, D.C.". dcmemorials.com. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-26.