Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French
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.
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