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Daniel Coit Gilman Statue at Johns Hopkins

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In front of Shriver Hall on Johns Hopkins University’s main campus

GPS: 39° 19′ 36.43″ N 76° 37′ 13.58″ W


Asked in 1875 to be the first president of Johns Hopkins University, Daniel Coit Gilman left the campus of California University, where he was dean, and accepted his new post in the east. Gilman attended Yale and was a member of the secret society Skull and Bones. He is co-founder of the Russell Trust, the organization that funds Yale’s famous ambiguous association.

Gilman is highly regarded for his ability to assemble premiere scholars and teachers for his universities, establishing these schools as top academic institutions. He wrote several books, including the still-published Life of James Monroe. In 1898 he edited and wrote an introduction to Democracy in America, the classic volume by French author Alexis De Toqueville. In 1908, after a long and successful life, Daniel Coit Gilman passed away in the city of his birth, Norwich, Connecticut.


Flanked to the right of Johns Hopkins University’s Shriver Hall, the Gilman statue stands tall and regal. Installed in 1957, the monument shares its historic site with the Isaiah Bowman Bust and the William H Welch statue. The likeness of Gilman was designed by the artist Sidney Waugh.



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March 20th, 2009 at 10:40 am