Who are these People Memorialized, often but not always on Horseback, around the District? Vol. 9 – Edmund Burke


Perched at 11th and Massachusetts Ave, NW – Edmund Burke:

“an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher, who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party.

He is mainly remembered for his support of the cause of the American Revolutionaries, and for his later opposition to the French Revolution. The latter led to his becoming the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig party, which he dubbed the “Old Whigs”, in opposition to the pro–French Revolution “New Whigs”, led by Charles James Fox.

Burke was praised by both conservatives and liberals in the 19th century. Since the 20th century, he has generally been viewed as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism.”


3 Comment

  • Expressing one’s thoughts without a lack of clarity and succinctness never fails to not bring the greatest of possibilities leading toward or away from the desired ambiguous result.

  • For such an essential figure, you’d think there would be a better quote.

    • Agree. “Reflections on the Revolution in France” is a magisterial piece of rhetoric, full of Burke’s characteristic eloquence and flourishes. Why this quote was chosen is a mystery…

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