Bronze figure, 9 feet 1 inch (2.77 m) high

 

Abraham Lincoln: The Head of State
("Seated Lincoln"), 1897-1906

 

John Crerar (died 1889), a Chicago industrialist, designated a $100,000 bequest in his will for a statue of Lincoln. The commission was awarded to Saint-Gaudens in1897. A New England farmer named Amos Bixby, from the Cornish area, posed for the sculptor. The first model of this figure was destroyed in the Cornish studio fire of 1904; the second version was largely modeled by Henry Hering and Elsie Ward. Architect Stanford White collaborated on the design of the site. The monument was unveiled in Grant Park, Chicago, on May 31, 1926.