The following information was submitted in March of 2006 by his granddaughter Nancy Siebern:
John D. Rockefeller was his patron and sent him to Italy, France and Greece to study art. He was a tall man and weighed over 300 pounds. He delighted nieces and nephews by thrusting his thumb through an apple without breaking it, since his hands and fingers were so strong from sculpting. Often he would pass his own children on the street without seeing them because he must have been thinking about sculpting.
Among his works are busts of city councilmen that were displayed in the Hall of Patriots at CCNY, now warehoused in NYC. He also made the statues of William and Mary on the gates of W&a
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