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 Leonard Wells Volk

Leonard Wells Volk

Birth
Wells, Hamilton County, New York, USA
Death 19 Aug 1895 (aged 66)
Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 8232 · View Source
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Sculptor. Born in Wellstown, New York, he first followed the trade of a marble cutter with his father before turning his interest to sculptor. After studing in Rome, he helped to establish the Chicago Academy of Design and became noted for his Native American sculptor art. In 1860, Volk made a life mask of Abraham Lincoln and during Lincoln's visit to Chicago, Volk also made a bronze bust of him. Later, when Lincoln received the nomination as presidential candidate for the Republican President, Volk asked him to allow a casting of both his hands, for use in other sculptural works including a full-size statue. He served as president of the Chicago Academy of Design until 1865 and after Lincoln's death the bust of him was donated for display to the Illinois State Capitol, where it resides to this day. Volk also made several large monumental sculptures, including the tomb of the politician Stephen A. Douglas, the Soldiers' Monument in New York and statues of many Civil War figures. He died at age 66 in Chicago, Illinois.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 20 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8232
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leonard Wells Volk (7 Nov 1828–19 Aug 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8232, citing Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .