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SIMMONS, Franklin, sculptor, born in Webster, Maine, 11 January, 1842. His boyhood was spent in Bath and Lewiston, and his love for sculpture was early developed. Having a facility for portraiture, he made his first attempts in that line. During the last two years of the civil war he was in Washington, where the members of the cabinet and officers of the army and navy sat to him for life-size medallions. They were cast in bronze, and most of them were purchased by the Union league of Philadelphia. In 1868 he went to Rome, Italy, where he has since resided. He visited his native land in 1888. His more important works are the statues of Roger Williams, in Washington and Providence; William King, for the state of Maine; Oliver P. Morton, in Indianapolis; Henry W. Longfellow (1887), in Portland; "Medusa" (1882);" Jochebed with the Infant Moses "; "Grief and History," the group that surmounts the naval monument at Washington ; "Galatea" (1884) ; "Penelope" ; " Miriam " ; "Washington at Valley Forge"; and " The Seraph Abdiel," from "Paradise Lost " (1886). Among his portrait busts are those of Abraham Lincoln, William T. Sherman, David D. Porter, James G. Blaine, Francis Wayland, and Ulysses S. Grant (1886). The honerary degree of A.M. was conferred on him by Bates college and also by Colby university.
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