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Originally appearing in Volume V11, Page 99 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DANIEL CHESTER FRENCH (1850– ), American sculptor, was born at Exeter, New Hampshire, on the loth of April 185o, the son of Henry Flagg French, a lawyer, who for a time was assistant-secretary of the United States treasury. After a year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, French spent a month in the studio of John Q. A. Ward, then began to work on commissions, and at the age of twenty-three received from the town of Concord, Massachusetts, an order for his well-known statue " The Minute Man," which was unveiled (April 19, 1875) on the centenary of the battle of Concord. Previously French had gone to Florence, Italy, where he spent a year with Thomas Ball. French's best-known work is " Death Staying the Hand of the Sculptor," a memorial for the tomb of the sculptor Martin Milmore, in the Forest Hills cemetery, Boston ; this received a medal of honour at Paris, in 1900. Among his other works are: a monument to John Boyle O'Reilly; Boston; " Gen. Cass," National Hall of Statuary, Washington; " Dr Gallaudet and his First Deaf-Mute Pupil," Washington; the colossal " Statue of the Republic," for the Columbian Exposition at Chicago; statues of Rufus Choate (Boston), John Harvard (Cambridge, Mass.), and Thomas Starr King (San Francisco, California), a memorial to the architect Richard M. Hunt, in Fifth Avenue, opposite the Lenox library, New York, and a large " Alma Mater," near the approach to Columbia University, New York. In collaboration with Edward C. Potter he modelled the " Washington," presented to France by the Daughters of the American Revolution; the "General Grant" in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, and the " General Joseph Hooker " in Boston. French became a member of the National Academy of Design (1901), the National Sculpture Society, the Architectural League, and the Accademia di San Luca, of Rome.
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