The John Purroy Mitchel Memorial, 91st Street and Fifth Avenue

The John Purroy Mitchel Monument

This unusual work honors the memory of John Purroy Mitchel, who, upon taking office in 1914 at the age of 34, was and remains New York City’s youngest elected mayor.  A noted reformer famed for his personal honesty, Mitchel joined the army after failing to win reelection and died in a training mishap: news of his death spurred a series of eulogies throughout the city and the construction of this memorial, which was co-designed by Thomas Hastings of Carrere & Hastings and Don Barber with the bust itself the work of the German-born artist Adolph Alexander Weinman.

The monument was restored in 1986 and the bust regilded in 1998.

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