In 1901, President McKinley broke ground for a Monument dedicated to Admiral George Dewey, and his fleet whom had fought in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. On May 14, 1903 the completed monument was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt at the Union Square in San Francisco, California.
Theodore Roosevelt had served as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Spanish American War, but he resigned to organize the Rough Riders, the first volunteer Calvary in the Spanish-American War. President Theodore Roosevelts’s former roles during the war made it fitting for him to dedicate the statue after President McKinley’s assassination In 1901.
The Goddess of Victory statute stands atop of the monument to represent the U.S. victory over the Spanish as the end of the over 300 year Spanish rule over he Philippine Islands.
The Mare Island Musuem in Vallejo, California has the newspaper clips regarding President Theodore Roosevelt’s dedication.