Thomas Francis Meagher - Helena, MT
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N 46° 35.178 W 112° 01.106
12T E 421977 N 5159697
Quick Description: Dedicated on July 4 1905, the Thomas Meagher Statue stands tall at the front of the Montana State Capitol Building, the largest and most distinctive sculpture on the grounds of the capitol campus.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 9/14/2017 4:43:20 PM
Waymark Code: WMWK98
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Long Description:
A contributing object to the Montana State Capitol Campus Historic District, the Thomas Meagher Statue, by Charles J. Mulligan of Chicago, is a life sized bronze sculpture of former territorial governor Thomas Francis Meagher astride his steed, depicted as a Union soldier of the Civil War. The sculpture stands atop a large granite stele of at least eight feet in height. Mounted around the stele are several bronze plaques containing quotations from Meagher, as well as biographical homages to him.

Born in Waterford, Ireland in 1823, Meagher became a leading figure in the Irish independence movement of the early 19th century. Meagher was later tried for treason as an Irish patriot and banished to the island of Tasmania off the coast of Australia. Meagher would later escape and flee to New York where he gained prominence as a journalist and lawyer. When the American Civil War erupted in 1861, Meagher formed a company of 145 men of Irish descent, called the 69th Regiment, to fight for the Union. Abraham Lincoln would go on to appoint Meagher the commanding general of “Irish Brigade.”

Meagher’s fame and military record later provoked President Andrew Johnson to appoint him Secretary of the Montana Territory in 1865. Eventually, he became the Acting Territorial Governor — a position he held from September of 1865 to July 1867.

Unfortunately, Meagher’s colorful life came to an abrupt and mysterious end in the waters of the Missouri River at Fort Benton. On the night of July 1, 1867, Meagher mysteriously disappeared from a boat. Whether he fell off or was thrown from the boat was never determined. But his body was never recovered.
From the Helena Independent Record

Thomas Francis Meagher Thomas Francis Meagher Statue, 1905 (Contributing Object)
An Irish revolutionary, Union General during the Civil War, and twice the acting Territorial Governor, Thomas Francis Meagher is a colorful and controversial figure in Montana history. Even the circumstances surrounding his death—he fell from a riverboat near Fort Benton, Montana in 1867—still remain a mystery. This 16’ tall bronze statue of Meagher rests on a granite base. It depicts Meagher in military uniform astride a horse and brandishing a sword. Bronze plaques on each side of the granite base provide biographical information about Meagher as well as quotations from his speeches. The statue was financed by Meagher’s “friends and admirers in America,” and sculpted by Irish-born Chicago artist, Charles J. Mulligan. It was installed in front of the Montana State Capitol in 1905, where it has remained as an iconic figure on the Capitol Grounds.
From the NRHP Nomination Form

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