Laban Smith Beecher was active/lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut. Laban Beecher is known for wood carver-ship figureheads.
Biography Laban Beecher
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Laban Beecher apprenticed as a carver in Boston in the 1820s, likely to Isaac Fowle. One of Beecher's first works was an eagle with spread wings perched atop the Liberty Pole in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for more than 150 years. It is now in the town library.
In 1826, Beecher had his first listing as a carver in the Boston Directory. In 1834, he was commissioned by the United States Navy to carve a full-length figurehead of President Andrew Jackson for the rebuilt USS Constitution. It was Beecher's first figurehead commission for which he received $564.00. Shortly after its installation, an opponent of Jackson's sawed off its head. This act was the result of citizen anger at Jackson for his oppo
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