There are 19 Towns & Counties named for Dr. Joseph Warren. We hope that you will enjoy reading about each of those places as we highlight their history & ongoing legacy.
Warren, PA celebrates Warren well . . .
In September of 1795, General William Irvine and Surveyor Andrew Ellicott, along with several others, arrived in what would soon become Warren, PA. According to surveyor George Burgess, the town “takes its name from General Warren who was kill’d in the Bunkers Hill whose statue is to be plac’d in the centre of the town”.
General William Irvine fought in the Revolutionary War, himself, a doctor born the same year as General Warren (1741). He was sent by the new U.S. Government as a military escort to Andrew Ellicott. They were to survey land in northwest Pennsylvania that would be given to soldiers as payment for their service in the Revolutionary War. “They intended the town and county to be a monument to this hero (General Warren).”
This small town has one of only 4 statues that exist of Dr. Warren. It is located at the corner of Pennsylvania Ave & Third St in General Joseph Warren Park. The General Joseph Warren Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was organized February 22, 1911 & soon began the project of this statue. The ladies in charge of this statue went to great lengths to ensure it had the best likeness of Warren possible, including traveling to Chicago to check it prior to shipment and then asking the sculptor to make changes. The statue was based on Copley’s portrait of Dr. Warren & is life size. It sits on a 10 ½ foot granite pedestal that has two bronze plates. One plate is specifically for General Warren and the second is for the Revolutionary heroes that are buried in Warren PA.
Warren is a small town located in north western PA at the confluence of the Allegheny River and the Conewango Creek. Its current population is a little under 10,000 and the county is a little under 40,000. This community has a long history of celebrating America and its military legacy especially in its parks and the General Joseph Warren DAR and the Warren Historical Society seem to be involved in each and every celebration.
The local newspaper, the “Times Observer”, shows a community of great pride in its heritage and a community with great patriotism. On June 15th they ran a story about a Flag Day Ceremony and how important patriotism is to this community.
Here are a few interesting facts:
Warren is the headquarters for the Allegheny National Forest, which has hunting, fishing & winter sports.
Warren is the home to the 2nd oil well ever drilled in the world . . . Grandin Well.
Johnny Appleseed’s first orchard is in Warren County. Quite a coincidence considering that Dr. Warren’s family owned an orchard in Roxbury, Mass and was known for the Warren Russet.
In 2013, the daughter of Michelle Gray, Managing Director of the Historical Society, and her classmates wondered why there was no Founder’s Day in Warren. She was a 4th-grader at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Founder’s Day is now celebrated in Warren every year on April 18th. This date is considered the founding date of Warren and it is on that same day in 1775 that General Warren sent Revere and Dawes on their famous midnight rides. Click here to read the story.
In June of 2015, Warren County Historical Society held a ceremony commemorating what they called “the history altering life, death, and legacy of General Joseph Warren". They even had an actress play Warren’s mother, Mary. Click here for the story.
Please visit the links in this article to learn more about Warren PA and its wonderful history. Thanks for celebrating Warren!
We would like to thank Ms. Sam Brawand of the General Joseph Warren DAR Chapter and Michelle Gray, Managing Director of the Warren County Historical Society for their time in helping us research Warren PA.