Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Taft, Lorado

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TAFT, Lorado, sculptor, b. in Elmwood, Peoria co., Ill., 29 April, 1860. He was graduated at Illinois state university, Champaign, Ill., in 1879, studied at the École des beaux arts, Paris, during 1880-'3, and afterward with Marius Jean Antoine Mercié and others for two years. He has executed several busts and medallions, a statue of Schuyler Colfax, which was unveiled in Indianapolis in 1888, and reliefs for Michigan regimental monuments on the Gettysburg battle-field. He is engaged on a statue of Gen. Grant for Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Mr. Taft is instructor in sculpture at the Chicago art institute.