The Senator Roscoe Conkling Monument honors the legacy of a man who was a well-known personality in the park and its outlying communities in the mid-19th century. Visitors can find the monument at the park’s southeast entrance at 23rd Street near the Shake Shack.
Sculpted by John Quincy Adams Ward, this dynamic rendering of Conkling shows the eloquent politician delivering a speech before the United States Senate. First displayed in 1893, this massive, 8-foot high, 1,200-pound statue was hoisted along with its granite pedestal and moved 20 feet to its current home during a park renovation in the summer of 2000.
While in the senate, Conkling was a champion of the 14th amendment and led New York’s Republican party. Conkling fell ill and eventually died after walking three miles from his law office on Wall Street to the New York Club on Broadway and 25th Street in the middle of the infamous blizzard of 1888.