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Louis Ragot

 (19/20th century)
Louis F. Ragot was active/lived in Pennsylvania, New York / France.  Louis Ragot is known for bronze plaques, medals, sundials.

Louis Ragot

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Louis F. Ragot is best known today for his bronze plaques, sundials, and his medals.  He was born in Paris and exhibited at the Salon of 1882 of the Académie des Beau-Arts, Paris.  Louis Ragot was the pupil of Louis Auguste Hiolin, a French bronze sculptor who lived from 1846 to 1910.  Ragot had two sons, Henri and Charles. The Ragot family emigrated from France in 1894 to the United State and set up shop in the resort town of Milford in Pike County, Pennsylvania, in what was then known as Hermitage Glen.

Louis Ragot and his son Charles, were also inventors and they patented a new design rotary internal combustion engine (patent 1302709, May 6, 1919) as well as an early airplane which he and his sons Henri and Charles built around the end of 1910 in Milford and exhibited in NYC.

He continued to produce medals, including a tribute to Russian author Tolstoi, an official inaugural medal of President Woodrow Wilson from 1917.  He also produced WWI medals such as his General Pershing medal, “Lafayette we are here,” commemorating the arrival of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in Europe.  The name Louis Ragot is quite well known primarily in the metallic collectors circles, but not as well know as a sculptor outside of medals, plaques, and sundials.    

Ragot also wrote a booklet.  According to the 1909 Catalogue of Copyright Entries: Pamphlets, leaflets contributions … Volume 6, Books, Group II, Ragot wrote a book called Hermit’s Book in 1909 and it was 23 pages with illustrations:  A 239973, May 21. 1900: 2 c June 1 1909.


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