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Frederic Auguste Bartholdi
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Artist
    (August 2, 1834-October 4, 1904)
    Born in Colmar, Alsace, France
    Sculptor and painter
    Best known for the Statue of Liberty
    Also sculpted The Lion of Belfort in France, Switzerland Succoring Strasbourg in Basel, the Lafayette and Washington Monument in New York City and the Bartholdi Fountain in Washington, DC
    The Statue of Liberty was meant to be presented to the US for its centennial, but financial problems and other complications caused the project to finish ten years behind schedule.
    Although he denied having recycled ideas, the Statue of Liberty strongly resembles a statue/lighthouse he had proposed to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal.
    He was rumored to have based the body of the Statue of Liberty on his mistress.
    He accidentally unveiled the Statue before Senator William Everts had finished his dedication speech.
    He received the Legion of Honor.
    The Statue symbolized liberty not just in America but also its restoration in France following the fall of Emperor Napoleon III.
    He donated two of his sculptures as prizes in a public lottery to raise money to build the Statue of Liberty.
    The face of the Statue of Liberty was based on his mother.
    Interviewed by reporters during the Statue of Liberty dedication ceremony, he said 'The dream of my life is accomplished.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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