Roswell P. Flower Monument

Roswell P. Flower Monument

In the median on Washington Street at Stone Street


(This biography is from Wikipedia)
Roswell Pettibone Flower was the sixth of nine children. As a youth, he worked in odd jobs, which enabled him to cover the cost of his education at a local village school. He graduated from high school in 1851, and for a short period thereafter he worked as a teacher in a district school.
In 1853, he became Deputy Postmaster of Watertown, New York, at a salary of $600 a year.

In 1869, Henry Keep, a former President of the New York Central Railroad, was dying and asked Roswell Flower to manage the $4,000,000 estate for his widow.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 47th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Levi P. Morton upon his appointment as Minister to France, and served from November 8, 1881, to March 3, 1883. He was also elected to the 51st and 52nd United States Congresses, and served from March 4, 1889, to September 16, 1891, when he resigned upon his nomination for Governor.

He was Governor of New York from 1892 to 1894, elected in 1891, the last one to serve a three-year term. During his term, he signed into law the creation of the City of Niagara Falls.

He died of a heart attack on May 12, 1899, in Eastport, New York, at the Long Island Country Clubhouse.
From Wikipedia:

“The Governor Roswell P. Flower Monument, located in the Public Square Historic District in Watertown, NY, was unveiled in 1902 to honor the only native northern New Yorker to have been elected governor of the state. The monument is approximately 18 feet-tall. The heroic-size bronze sculpture, commissioned in 1900, is by the brothers Augustus and Louis Saint Gaudens. Henry Bacon, the architect, collaborated on the commission by designing the granite pedestal.
From EverGreene Architectural Arts description of their conservation treatment of the monument: