"Washington Monument....night scene" Washington Monument Tip by bct341

Washington Monument, Washington D.C.: 123 reviews and 229 photos

  Washington Monument at Night
by bct341

George Washington earned the distinction the "Father of his Country" by leading the Continental Army to victory in the War for Independence with Great Britain. In 1789, he was unanimously elected as the first President of the United States. Washington helped define the role of the presidency and the course of the fledgling democracy, the first of its kind. Through the monument, the American public says thank you to the General for helping carve a new kind of republic in which all men are created equal.

While movements to commemorate Washington in a heroic fashion had been underway even while he was president, it was only in 1833 that the Washington National Monument Society was formed by Congress. Part of the reason for this was Washington's modesty. While President, he convinced Congress to use the nation's precarious resources on more important things than paying tribute to him. Originally, Congress planned to honor Washington with an equestrian statue. In 1833, however, the focus The job of the Society was simple, to construct the largest monument in the world to the most prominent figure in American History. The Society resolved to erect a monument "Whose dimensions and magnificence shall be commensurate with the greatness and gratitude of the nation which gave [George Washington] birth [and] whose splendor will be without parallel in the world." The Society soon began a fund-raising campaign to construct the monument. Initially, it limited the amount each person could contribute to $1. By 1836, however, only $28,000 had been raised. But, it was enough to hold a competition for design.

Address: Constitution Avenue & 15th Street
Directions: Metro stop: Smithsonian
Phone: (202) 426 - 6841
Website: http://www.nps.gov/wamo

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  • Updated Sep 11, 2003
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