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Who Is That Man, Anyway?
Subject: Tadeusz Kosciuszko
Sculptor: Antoni Popiel
Location: Lafayette Park
( H Street & 16th )
Kosciuszko (1746-1817) was a Polish patriot with considerable skill as an engineer. He joined the Revolutionary Forces in 1776 and designed a number of forts and fortifications which aided the colonists in defending their territory against British invasion. In 1783, he was commissioned a brigadier general and Congress granted him $15,000 and 500 acres of land in Ohio.
In 1784, he returned to his native Poland and fought for freedom from Russia until his death in 1817.
He opposed American slavery. After his death, his Ohio lands were sold and the proceeds used to found the Colored School at Newark, New Jersey.
He was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson. It is said that the statue at the Jefferson Memorial depicts the president wearing a fur coat given to him by Kosciuszko.
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