Worthy of Washington
Mathew B. Brady (ca. 1823-1896)
Washington Monument As It Stood for
Copyprint made from original glass plate
negative, ca. 1860
Prints & Photographs Division (146A.14)
Digital ID# LC-DIG-cwpbh-03248
To Every Voter in Baltimore County, A National
Monument is Now in the Course of Erection in the City of Washington.
[Baltimore]: Bull & Tuttle, 
Rare Book & Special Collection
In 1833, the Washington National Monument Society embarked on
a mission to fulfill a forgotten pledge that Congress had made
fifty years earlier to erect a memorial to honor the first U.S.
president. This checkered saga was initiated by prominent civic
leaders who collected private funds, which enabled the cornerstone
to laid in 1848. Deterred by economic crises, political conflict,
and party intrigue, construction stopped in the 1850s, leaving
for twenty-five years an unfinished 156-foot hulk as a constant
reminder of multiple failures. In 1876 Congress finally assumed
responsibility for the construction project, which was dedicated
in February 1885. Displayed here are an image and broadside, soliticing
funds from the citizens of Baltimore, that testify to the monument's
state in 1860.