David I. Walsh Statue

Charles River Esplanade at Hatch Shell

A native of Clinton, MA, David I. Walsh (1872-1947) was the first Irish Catholic to be elected Governor of Massachusetts (1914-16). He was Lieutenant Governor (1913-14) and a US Senator for over 20 years, and the state's first Irish Catholic senator. In 1919 Walsh was keynote speaker at a Fenway Park rally for Irish leader Eamon DeValera, which was attended by 60,000 people.

The Walsh statue was created by artist Joseph A. Coletti in 1954. Above the figure of Walsh is the inscription Non Sibi Sed Patriae, which translates Not for himself but for his country.

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