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FRAZEE, John, sculptor, born in Rahwav, New Jersey, 18 July 1790; died in Compton Mills, R. I., 24 February 1852. He was a farmer and a stonecutter in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in early life, but afterward removed to New York City and opened a marble yard on Broadway. From 1819 till 1823 his work consisted chiefly of mantelpieces and monuments. He was long unsurpassed in beauty of finish and in the delicacy of his lettering. Turning his attention to sculpture, he produced in 1824, for St. Paul's Church, a mural tablet and bust of John Wells, which was an elaborate and highly finished work. In 1834 he modeled several busts of eminent men for the library of the Boston athenaeum, among which were those of Daniel Webster, Prescott, Lowell, Story, Bowditch, and T. H. Perkins. Subsequently he made busts of John Marshall, Lafayette, De Witt Clinton, John Jay, Oen. Jackson, Bishop Hobart, Dr. Stearns, and Dr. Milnor. He was the architect of the New York customhouse, in which he served for some time as an officer.
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