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Washington Equestrian Statue records

Washington Equestrian Statue records, 1817-1868
Washington Equestrian Statue records
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  • These records are part of Auditor of Public Accounts. Administration of State Government: State-Owned Property - Monuments. Washington Monument Fund
  • The Washington Equestrian Statue Records consist of an artificial collection of documents compiled from the Auditor of Public Accounts, Governor’s Office, and General Assembly. Even though the collection was gathered from various state records, it is considered part of the Auditor of Public Accounts (APA# 668) since most of the records originate from this agency. Note that not all documents relevant to the Washington Equestrian Statue are located in this collection. Researchers should consult the records of other state agencies, especially the Governor’s Office, for additional resources related to the Washington Monument
  • In 1959, Marvin D. Evans prepared a partial inventory of sources in the Archives Division pertaining to Capitol Square. Evans’ inventory includes a bibliography of archival sources from the Calendar of Transcripts (1905) and manuscripts deposited by the State Auditor in 1914 (Auditor Items 137, 203, & 287). His inventory consists of 20 boxes of archival material which were divided into General Sources (Boxes 1-11), Governor’s Mansion (Boxes 12-15), Washington Monument (Boxes 16-19), Capitol Building (Plans, 1858 & 1904-1905), State Office Building (Plans, 1923), Finance Building (Acc.# 24811a), and Houdon Statue of Washington (Box 20). The Washington Equestrian Statue Records represent Boxes 16-19 in Evans’ inventory. Items related to the Washington Equestrian Statue have been arranged as a separate collection since they are considered part of the Washington Monument Fund and given a distinct entry in the Auditor of Public Accounts Inventory (APA# 668)
  • Included in the Washington Equestrian Statue Records are correspondence, deeds of trust, architectural drawings, reports, subscriptions, contracts, proposals, bonds, accounts, estimates, vouchers, and other sundry items
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928). (Search Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928) as author).
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  • On 16 February 1816 the General Assembly passed a resolution authorizing the governor to inquire of Bushrod Washington whether he and his family would permit the remains of George and Martha Washington to be removed from the vault at Mount Vernon and placed in a monument to be built in Richmond by public subscription. Although the Washington family refused to grant permission to transfer the remains, popular support for a proposed Washington monument in Richmond resulted in the collection of a large sum of money. On 22 February 1828 the General Assembly authorized the governor to invest the money in state stock as the Washington Monument Fund. Several plans for the monument were considered before that of Thomas Crawford, of Philadelphia, was accepted. Robert Mills, a prominent Richmond architect whose own design for the monument was rejected, was named architect for its construction. Oliver H. Rand and Lt. Edward S. Gay of the Public Guard served as Superintendent and Paymaster, respectively. Rand was later replaced by Henry W. Herbert in 1852.
  • Crawford’s equestrian monument to George Washington was unveiled in Capitol Square on 22 February 1858. When the monument was unveiled, however, only the statues of Washington, Jefferson, & Henry were complete. Crawford’s death and the outbreak of the Civil War delayed the completion of the statue until 1868. Governor Francis H. Pierpont contracted Randolph Rogers to finish the pedestrian statues of Mason, Marshall, Lewis, and Nelson, as well as allegorical figure for the lower pedestals.
Cataloging source
Citation location within source
entry no. 668
Citation source
Auditor of Public Accounts inventory
Washington Equestrian Statue records
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • This collection is described in a binder titled "Capitol Square Data." The binder is available for use in the Archives reading room.
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Immediate source of acquisition
Capitol Square data, Washington Equestrian Statue, records, 1817-1868,
Type of unit
cu. ft.



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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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