James McHenry Irish-Born Founding Father - Baltimore MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 39° 17.381 W 076° 37.406
18S E 359995 N 4350180
Quick Description: In 1787, McHenry signed the U.S. Constitution as a member of the Continental Congress from Maryland. He served as Secretary of War under presidents Washington and Adams, remaining a staunch Federalist until his death in 1816.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 6/24/2020 11:07:37 AM
Waymark Code: WM12P1K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
He is buried in Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, 519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201
Description:
From the sign next to his tomb: James McHenry: Irish-Born Founding Father-Newcomers like James McHenry helped shape the future of the new republic. A native of Ireland's County Antrim, McHenry (1753-1816) emigrated to Philadelphia in 1771 where he studied medicine with Benjamin Rush, one of Colonial America's most respected and influential physicians. Dr. McHenry served the American Revolution first as a military surgeon and later on the staffs of General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1787, McHenry signed the U.S. Constitution as a member of the Continental Congress from Maryland. He served as Secretary of War under presidents Washington and Adams, remaining a staunch Federalist until his death in 1816. [painting] Eyewitness to History James McHenry witnessed Washington resigning his commission in the Maryland State House in Annapolis on December 23, 1783. He later reported that "the spectators all wept, and there was hardly a member of Congress who did not drop tears." James McHenry by James Sharples, Senior, ca. 1796-1800 Independence National Historical Park [photograph] Fort McHenry A new fort, built on the site of the Revolutionary War-era Fort Whetsone, was named in honor of James McHenry in 1798. Contemporary aerial view of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine National Park Service Burials Here James McHenry's 1784 marriage to Margaret Allison Caldwell produced six children, three of whom are buried here along with one of McHenry's grandchildren. Inscriptions: (Tablet) James McHenry, Born 1755, Died 1816. [Recent sources give 1753 as year of birth] Margaret Caldwell McHenry. Brn. 1762. Died 1833. Margaretta McHenry Daniel William McHenry Anna McHenry Boyd James McHenry Boyd (Ground Slabs) Anna, Daughter of James McHenry, Wife of James Pillar Boyd, Born 20th Novr. 1789. Died 6th April 1837 James McHenry Boyd, Son of J.P. and A. McH. Boyd. Born 15 Decr. 1811. Died 8th Decr. 1847.


Date of birth: 11/16/1753

Date of death: 5/3/1816

Area of notoriety: Politics

Marker Type: Tomb (above ground)

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: None

Fee required?: No

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