Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) studied sculpture in Boston and abroad in Florence, Italy. Among his most important and famous commissions is the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. Other works include The Minute Man; General Grant (Philadelphia); General Washington (Paris); Mourning Victory, Melvin Memorial (Concord, MA.); and John Harvard and the bust of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Harvard University, MA).

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