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Commodore John Barry - Washington, D.C.
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N 38° 54.115 W 077° 01.907
18S E 323813 N 4307854
Quick Description: This statue of Commodore John Barry stands in Franklin Square in Washington, D.C.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 1/10/2010 12:11:06 PM
Waymark Code: WM81PR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
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Long Description:
Commodore John Barry, clad in his military uniform, as well as a cloak and a three-cornered hat, stands proudly about 8 feet above the ground atop a marble base. He is holding both a scroll of papers and the handle of a sword in his right hand. On the marble base upon which Barry poses is a woman in a long flowing robe holding a laurel branch and a sword.

From Wikipedia: John Barry (1745 – 13 September 1803) was an officer in the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War and later in the United States Navy. He is often credited as "The Father of the American Navy". Barry was born in Tacumshane, County Wexford, Ireland and appointed a Captain in the Continental Navy 7 December 1775.

From the Kitty Tours website:

Subject: John Barry
Year: 1914
Sculptor: John J. Boyle
Location: Downtown (I Street & 14th)

Barry (1745-1803) was born in Ireland and emigrated to the American colonies while he was in his twenties. After the battles at Lexington and Concord, he renamed his ship the Alfred and offered it to the Continental Congress to help fight the British. His ship was later commanded by naval hero John Paul Jones.

In 1776, when no ships were available for command, he raised troops and fought on land at Trenton, NJ.

Because of his role in building the first U.S. Navy and in training other naval leaders such as Stephen Decatur, Barry is sometimes called "the father of the U.S. Navy."

TITLE: Commodore John Barry

ARTIST(S): John J. Boyle

DATE: Commissione 1910. Modeled 1911-1912. Cast 1913. Installed March 26, 1914. Dedicated May 16, 1914.

MEDIUM: Sculpture: bronze; Base: Knoxville pink marble; Base steps: pink granite.


Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

Franklin Park, 14th between I & K Streets, N. W., Washington, District of Columbia.


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