John Witherspoon signed the Declaration of Independence as a member of the Continental Congress elected from New Jersey. He was a Presbyterian Minister born February 5, 1723 in Scotland. He died in 1794 in New Jersey.
The sculpture by William Couper of New York was unveiled at a ceremony held on May 20, 1909. A plaque on the base of the statue reads:
For my own part, of property I have some, of reputation more. [period added] That reputation is staked, that property is pledged on the issue of this contest; and although these gray hairs must soon descend into the sepulcher, I would infinitely rather that they descend thither by the hand of the executioner than desert at this crisis the sacred cause of my country.
The John Witherspoon Statue is located on a small triangle created by the intersections of Connecticut Avenue NW, N and 18th Streets NW near Dupont Circle. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the John Witherspoon Statue.
Closest Metro Station: The Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line is nearest to the John Witherspoon Statue.