James W. McDonald




JAMES WILSON McDONALD
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JAMES WILSON McDONALD, one of the earliest developing artists, son of Isaac McDonald, who was sheriff from 1836 to 1839. Wilson, the name by which he was best known, developed a taste for modeling and made a bust of Henry Clay, which reposed for several years in the old court house. He engaged in the sewing machine business in St. Louis for a short time, but returned to his art and made a fine bust of Thomas Benton for one of the St. Louis parks, a life-like bust of O'Connor and other subjects. He removed to New York, and among the works completed there was a notable statue to General Custer at West Point. He died a few years since.


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