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John Wanamaker Statue

Located on the east side of City Hall on Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

John Wanamaker was born in 1838 and died in 1932. His statue commemorates him simply as a “Citizen.” Wanamaker is credited with helping to give birth to the modern retail system, where there is no bargaining over prices. His commercial venture was so successful that he amassed a fortune and his innovations were broadly imitated by others. Wanamaker was a devout Presbyterian who shared his wealth and his Christian faith by word and deed. There continue to be churches, schools, rescue shelters, and institutions of higher learning and civic good that began through his philanthropic investments. Philippians 3:20 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (NIV). Wanamaker believed that being a citizen of heaven allowed one to be an excellent citizen on earth by seeking to love one’s neighbor in the spirit of the gospel of Christ.  He said, "I cannot too greatly emphasize the importance and value of Bible study - more important than ever before in these days of uncertainties, when men and woman are apt to decide questions from the standpoint of expediency rather than the eternal principles laid down by God, Himself."