Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French

Posted April 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French

Daniel Chester French

Prolific sculptor Daniel Chester French was born on this day in 1850. He is best remembered for the design of his most famous piece, the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial.

Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, French spent his childhood growing up in Concord, Massachusetts with writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott as neighbors. In fact, it was thanks to Alcott’s sister Abigail that French pursued a career as a sculptor.

Considered one of America’s most acclaimed sculptors, French created a vast number of sculptures of some of the country’s most well known figures. Other prominent pieces include The Minute Man, which was commissioned for the centenary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

French died on October 7, 1931 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at the age of 81. He is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

How are you related to Daniel Chester French? Explore his family tree on Geni to discover your connection to the American sculptor.

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