Stewards of the iconic buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill since 1793.

Featured

The Summerhouse, a hexagon-shaped brick structure set into the sloping hillside of the West Front lawn on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol Building, has offered rest and shelter to travelers for over a century.
The Summerhouse, a hexagon-shaped brick structure set into the sloping...

Featured

A view of the Capitol Visitor Center lit up at night
The Office of Congressional Accessibility Services (OCAS) provides a variety...

Featured

Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
 The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

Featured

The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at Dusk
The AOC works to make the Capitol Dome, an enduring symbol of democracy...

John Stark

Marble statue of John Stark
Carl Conrads
Artist

Marble
Given by New Hampshire in 1894
Crypt
U.S. Capitol

Overview 

This statue of John Stark was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by New Hampshire in 1894. Stark fought in several decisive battles during the American Revolution and achieved a reputation as a leader and shrewd tactician.

John Stark was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on August 28, 1728. Growing up in a frontier community gave Stark the skills he would use in later life as a successful military leader. Hunting, fishing and scouting were among the pioneer activities necessary for survival in the harsh wilderness.

His first formal military action was during the French and Indian War, when he served with Roger's Rangers and attained the rank of captain. Marriage and his farm and mill near Concord, New Hampshire, occupied his attention for the next 16 years. News of the Battle of Lexington called Stark to war again. Appointed colonel of a regiment of New Hampshire militia, he fought in several decisive battles during the American Revolution and achieved a reputation as a leader and shrewd tactician. He was popular with his men and is remembered for his exhortations going into battle. His tactical success was due to independence and decisiveness. By ignoring orders, he engaged his men in a battle whose outcome prompted Congress to promote him to the rank of brigadier general. At the end of the American Revolution, he was elevated to major general.

Following this promotion, he retired to his farm in New Hampshire, where he spent the rest of his life. He died on May 8, 1822, and is buried on his farm, which is now a New Hampshire state park.

Last Updated: October 14, 2014