Biographies, History, Sculpture, Primary, Intermediate, Outstanding
Born in 1850, Daniel Chester French was born to a family of lawyers and judges. A career in law wasn’t for him, though. After leaving college, he returned to work on the family farm. One morning, he carved a fancy frog out of a turnip on a whim, and his family quickly recognized his talent. His father brought home pounds of clay, and Daniel’s love for sculpting was born. Throughout his life, he created many sculptures of Americans who were monumental to the country’s history. The biggest project of his career came at sixty-five years of age. After much study and research, Daniel lovingly designed his tribute to America’s sixteenth president. To Dan, Abraham Lincoln was always “the man who saw straight when all the rest were seeing crooked,” and the monument he created is a powerful piece that is meant to remind us of America’s potential.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Monument Maker: Daniel Chester French and the Lincoln Memorial,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 41:
8, Article 23.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol41/iss8/23