Patrick Collins Memorial

Commonwealth Ave between Clarendon & Dartmouth

Born in Fermoy, County Cork, Patrick Collins (1844-1905) was Boston's second Irish-born mayor, following Hugh O'Brien, elected in 1885. He served from 1902 to 1905, and was the first candidate in Boston's history to sweep every ward in an election. Collins was also active in Ireland's land league movement and in Irish nationalism. After he died suddenly in office, $26,000 for his memorial was raised in just days by thousands of small contributions from Boston residents, a tribute to his enormous popularity.

The statue was commissioned to husband and wife artists Henry and Theo Kitson, and unveiled in 1908.

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