James W. McDonald


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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