John Ericsson National Memorial, located near the National Mall at Ohio Drive and Independence Avenue, SW, in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to the man who revolutionized naval history with his invention of the screw propeller. The Swedish engineer John Ericsson was also the designer of the USS Monitor, the ship that ensured Union naval supremacy during the American Civil War.The national memorial was authorized by Congress August 31, 1916, and dedicated May 29, 1926 by President Calvin Coolidge and Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden. Congress appropriated $35,000 for the creation of the memorial, and Americans chiefly of Scandinavian descent raised an additional $25,000. Constructed on a site near the Lincoln Memorial between September 1926 and April 1927, the pink Milford granite memorial is 20ft high with a 150ft diameter base.Sculpted by James Earle Fraser, it features a seated figure of Ericsson 6ft high, and three standing figures representing adventure, labor, and vision. The national memorial is managed by National Mall and Memorial Parks.Make John Ericsson National Memorial part of your personalized Washington DC itinerary using our Washington DC trip itinerary planning tool .
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My wife and I walked down to the John Ericsson Memorial. I did not remember much about him until my wife looked him up. He was an engineer and inventor (I am an engineer so that was exciting). One of ... more »
If you are in military history especially the Navy, stop by this memorial to learn about John Ericsson who revolutionized naval history with his invention. If you are just touring the National Mall, a... more »
This monument and memorial is hidden in the highway, and is overshadowed by the more famous memorials. But John Ericsson was impressive as a Swedish born American who invented the ship propeller, armored turret warships, steam locomotives and more. Definitely worth the stop if you’re waking through the tidal basin.
A neat bit of military history. Nice to see from the water on your way down the channel.
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