Patrick Andrew Collins
Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson
Henry Hudson Kitson
GPS: N 42° 21.127; W 071° 04.610Short Description:
A monument to former Boston Mayor and Congressman, Patrick Andrew Collins, is located on Commonwealth Avenue Mall between Clarendon and Dartmouth Streets.
A 3' high bronze bust of Patrick Andrew Collins is placed on top of an 11.5' by 10' by 6.75' granite base. The bust is flanked by two bronze allegorical figures representing Ireland on Collin's right side and America on Collin's left side. The bust depicts the head of Collins but is featureless from the neck down.
America is 7.5' high. She is wearing a crown of laurel leaves and carries a shield on her right arm and a palm branch in her right hand. Ireland 7.5' high. She is wearing a crown of shamrocks holding a harp under her left arm and a bunch of laurel in her left hand.
The monument was created by Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson and Henry Hudson Kitson. It was cast at the Roman Bronze Works and dedicated in 1908. It was moved to its current location in 1966.
Patrick Collins was born on March 12, 1844 in County Cork, Ireland. His family emigrated to the United States and settled in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1848. He entered politics and held a variety of public offices. He is most noted for being Mayor of Boston from 1902 - 1905.
The front and back of the monument have the same biographical inscription:
BORN IN IRELAND
AND ALWAYS HER
BY EARLY TRAINING
AND VARIED EMPLOY
15 TO 23. HARVARD
BACHELOR OF LAWS
AT 27. FROM 1871
MEMBER OF THE
OF CONGRESS. 1893-1897
MAYOR OF BOSTON