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Photo of French's The Minute Man statue
French's statue, The Minute Man, in honor of the reserve soldiers from the Revolutionary War who were ready to fight at a minute's notice

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American Sculptor Daniel Chester French Was Born
April 20, 1850

Brought up in Cambridge and Concord, Massachusetts, French met fellow Concord resident Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women), who encouraged young French to pursue a career as an artist. He studied in Boston and New York before receiving his first commission for the 1875 statue The Minute Man. It stands near the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, to commemorate the battle of Lexington and Concord during the Revolutionary War. A famous symbol of America, images of The Minute Man appeared on defense bonds, stamps, and posters during World War II.
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