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What are the names of the two lions in front of the main branch of the New York Public Library and who gave them these names?

Question #3413. Asked by wannaknow.
Last updated Aug 22 2016.

Susan Mann
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Susan Mann

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According to the New York Library, The New York City Library has two Stone lions named Patience and Foritude.


Response last updated by zorba_scank on Aug 22 2016.
Jun 21 2000, 11:34 PM
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The nicknames of the lions have changed over the decades. First they were called Leo Astor and Leo Lenox, after The New York Public Library founders John Jacob Astor and James Lenox. Later, they were known as Lord Astor and Lady Lenox. During the 1930s, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia named them Patience and Fortitude, for the qualities he felt New Yorkers would need to survive the economic depression. These names have stood the test of time: Patience still guards the south side of the library's steps and Fortitude sits unwaveringly to the north.


Response last updated by zorba_scank on Aug 22 2016.
Mar 05 2004, 4:43 PM
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