James McHenry

James McHenry (HM3ZW)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21201
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.381', W 76° 37.406'

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Irish-Born Founding Father

Newcomers like James McHenry helped shape the future of the new republic. A native of Ireland's County Antrim, McHenry (1753-1816) emigrated to Philadelphia in 1771 where he studied medicine with Benjamin Rush, one of Colonial America's most respected and influential physicians.

Dr. McHenry served the American Revolution first as a military surgeon and later on the staffs of General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1787, McHenry signed the U.S. Constitution as a member of the Continental Congress from Maryland. He served as Secretary of War under presidents Washington and Adams, remaining a staunch Federalist until his death in 1816.

Eyewitness to History James McHenry witnessed Washington resigning his commission in the Maryland State House in Annapolis on December 23, 1783. He later reported that "the spectators all wept, and there was hardly a member of Congress who did not drop tears."

James McHenry by James Sharples, Senior, ca. 1796-1800
Independence National Historical Park

Fort McHenry A new fort, built on the site of the Revolutionary War-era Fort Whetsone, was named in honor of James McHenry in 1798.

Contemporary aerial view of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
National Park Service

Burials Here

James McHenry's 1784 marriage to Margaret Allison Caldwell produced six children, three of whom are buried here along with one of McHenry's grandchildren.

James McHenry, Born 1755, Died 1816.
[Recent sources give 1753 as year of birth]
Margaret Caldwell McHenry. Brn. 1762. Died 1833.
Margaretta McHenry
Daniel William McHenry
Anna McHenry Boyd
James McHenry Boyd

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Anna, Daughter of James McHenry, Wife of James Pillar Boyd,
Born 20th Novr. 1789. Died 6th April 1837
James McHenry Boyd, Son of J.P. and A. McH. Boyd.
Born 15 Decr. 1811. Died 8th Decr. 1847.
HM NumberHM3ZW
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 7:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 359995 N 4350180
Decimal Degrees39.28968333, -76.62343333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.381', W 76° 37.406'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 22.86" N, 76° 37' 24.36" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 69 N Greene St, Baltimore MD 21201, US
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