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Who Is That Man, Anyway?
Subject: John Paul Jones
Sculptor: Charles Henry Niehaus
Location: Potomac Park
( Independence Avenue & 17th )
Commodore John Paul Jones (1747-1792) was a young Scotsman who migrated to the United States in 1775 and joined the fledgling U.S. Navy. He entered the legends of the American military when fighting the British ship Serapis off the coast of England. When the enemy captain called out to Jones to surrender his ship the Bonhomme Richard, Jones replied, "Surrender? I have not yet begun to fight!"
Jones later fought as an admiral in the Russian Navy from 1788 to 1789, then returned to Paris where he died in poverty. His remains were returned to the United States in 1905 and he is now buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
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