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KING, John Crookshanks, sculptor, born in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland, 11 October, 1806; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 21 April, 1882. He was educated as a practical machinist, and, after coming to the United States in 1829, was employed for several years as superintendent of factories in Cincinnati and Louisville. In 1834, at the suggestion of Hiram Powers, he made a clay model of his wife's head, and his success encouraged him to adopt the profession of sculptor. From 1837 till 1840 he resided in New Orleans, modelling busts of public men and making cameo likenesses. Subsequently he removed to Boston. His works include busts of Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams, Louis Agassiz, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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