Thursday, May 17, 2018

City of Lake Worth was named in honor of a military hero, General William Jenkins Worth, “Ducit Amor Patriae”.

Which translates to:

“The Love Of Country
Leads Me.”

The historical connections between New York City and the little City of Lake Worth are numerous including this interesting fact: There are only two historical monuments in Manhattan that serve as mausoleums: one is Grant’s Tomb and the other is an obelisk in honor of General William Jenkins Worth, who the City of Lake Worth, Florida is named for:

Image from Wikipedia.

An image from the link below.

Click on this link for the website dedicated to information about General Worth’s obelisk in Manhattan; an excerpt:

     General Worth was a military hero who fought in the Mexican-American War between 1846 and 1848. He died of cholera in 1849 and was originally buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn; but in 1857 his body was moved to Manhattan and placed under the Worth Monument.
     The monument was designed by James Goodwin Batterson and dedicated on November 25, 1857. The obelisk contains four sets of bands with the names of 16 places of importance in the life of Major General Worth. On the south facing front of the pedestal is a bronze tablet with a high relief of General Worth on horseback, with dress military uniform holding his sword in his right hand while pointing it forward. Above this figure is a complex trophy depicting cannons, swords, flags and eagles.

The dado on the east side of the obelisk contains the inscription: