WASHINGTON NATIONAL MONUMENT SOCIETY - FIRMA ZACHARY TAYLOR
WASHINGTON NATIONAL MONUMENT SOCIETY - FIRMA ZACHARY TAYLOR

1832 - WASHINGTON NATIONAL MONUMENT SOCIETY - FIRMA ZACHARY TAYLOR

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The company was founded in 1832, the 100th anniversary of Washington's birth, by a large group of citizens in order to collect funds and donations: the largest backers were affiliated with Freemasonry. In 1836, a competition was announced and won by architect Robert Mills, who presented a rather ambitious design, which was later opposed partly because of its excessive cost. After various controversies, the erection of the obelisk was begun in 1848 and the foundation stone was laid in an elaborate and pompous Masonic ceremony. The running out of funds or their blockage, caused by political and economic reasons, meant that the monument was finished (even without the colonnade originally designed by Mills) and opened to the public only in 1888. 

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The obelisk, which still stands in the centre of the American capital and is one of the tallest structures in the world, rising over 169 metres high, has always attracted large crowds of visitors. Severe injuries caused by the 2011 Washington earthquake forced its closure.

Document signed by: Zachary Taylor (Barboursville, 24 November 1784 - Washington, 9 July 1850) was an American politician and general. He was the 12th President of the United States of America. His term in office was relatively short, having lasted just over a year when he died in 1850. 

Product Details

Year of issue
1833
Nation of issue
USA
Printer name
LITH. BY E. WEBER & C. BALTIMORE
Reference
PRESIDENTE DEGLI STATI UNITI Z. TAYLOR, IL SEGRETARIO, L'AGENTE GENERALE, L'AGENTE
Rarity Index
R6
Quotation Index
S6
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