Uncle Sam Birthplace Statue - Arlington, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 24.952 W 071° 09.184
19T E 322850 N 4698196
Quick Description: Uncle Sam Birthplace Statue is located in Uncle Sam Plaza at Mystic Street north of Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 5/18/2015 8:07:53 AM
Waymark Code: WMNXE1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 2

Long Description:

Uncle Sam, the iconic figure that represents the United States around the world was the historical figure Samuel Wilson, a meat packer living in Troy, New York who supplied United States troops during the War of 1812. A statue, erected near the birthplace of Samuel Wilson was commissioned by Fredrick A. Hauck of Cincinnati, OH and sculpted by Theodore Cotillo Barbarossa.

The memorial has two sculptures. An 8.67' high bronze statue depicts Wilson wearing a double breasted jacket and long-tailed coat. Wilson is carrying a top hat in the crook of his bent left arm. His right hand held downward with his open palm facing forward.

To his right is a relief sculpture with the familiar image of "Uncle Sam" wearing a top hat and tails. At the top is a butcher and a ship coming in to dock next to the word TROY In the middle of the relief is a man and woman standing behind a fence with the words MASON N-H. At the bottom is a soldier on horseback above the word MENOTOMY the former name for Arlington.

The monument has the following inscriptions:

Above the sculpture:

SAMUEL WILSON
1766-1854

Below the sculptures:

IN HONOR OF SAMUEL WILSON
A NATIVE SON
BORN NEAR THIS SITE
ON SEPTEMBER 13, 1766
HE BECAME
OUR NATIONAL SYMBOL
UNCLE SAM

A bronze plaque on the side of the monument has the left profile of Fredrick A. Hauck and is inscribed:

UNVEILED
SEPTEMBER
11-1976

DEDICATED
APRIL-18, 1977

FREDERICK A. HAUCK

A GIFT TO THE TOWN OF ARLINGTON
MASS. AND THE PEOPLE OF THE
UNITED STATES THROUGH THE GENEROUS
CONTRIBUTION OF FREDERICK A. HAUCK
OF CINCINNATI, OHIO

DESIGNER-SCULPTOR T.C. BARBAROSSA
BELMONT, MASS.
CAST BY ELEFTHERIOS KARKADOULIAS
CINCINNATI, OHIO

PROJECT COORDINATOR
THE ARLINGTON JAYCEES

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
ARTHUR D. SAUL, JR., CHAIRMAN
ROBERT B. WALSH
ANN MAHON POWERS
MARGARET H. SPENGLER
ROBERT H. MURRAY

TOWN MANAGER
DONALD R. MARQUIS

UNCLE SAM STATUE COMMITTEE
WILLIAM J. BECK
JACK R. DONALDSON
JAMES D. HOBBS
JAMES F. LAWSON, JR.
STEPHEN PEKICH
FREDERICK E. PITCHER
JOHN G. PERRY
WILLIAM J. SCAGLIONE

Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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