Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James
Grant Wilson, John Fiske and Stanley L. Klos. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton
and Company, 1887-1889 and 1999. Virtualology.com warns that these 19th Century
biographies contain errors and bias. We rely on volunteers to edit the historic
biographies on a continual basis. If you would like to edit this biographyplease
submit a rewritten biography in text form.
If acceptable, the new biography will be published above the 19th Century
Appleton's Cyclopedia Biography citing the volunteer editor
Virtual American Biographies
Over 30,000 personalities
with thousands of 19th Century illustrations, signatures, and exceptional life
welcomes editing and additions to the
biographies. To become this site's editor or a contributor
or e-mail Virtualology here.
RUSH, William, sculptor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4 July, 1756; died there, 17 January, 1856. In his youth he was apprenticed to Edward Cutbush, a carver, and he first became known as a maker of figure-heads for ships. Especially noticeable among his ship-carvings were the figures "Genius of the United States" and " Nature" for the frigates " United States" and '" Constellation," and busts and figures of Voltaire, Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin, William Penn, and others, for various vessels. The figure of the "Indian Trader" for the ship "William Penn" excited great admiration in London. The carvers there sketched it and took casts of the head. Another figure, that of a river-god, carved for the ship " Ganges," won the admiration of the Hindoos, who came in numerous boats to reverence this image. But he did not confine himself to figure-heads, although he never worked in marble, but always in wood or clay. In 1812 he exhibited, at the Pennsylvania academy, figures of "Exhortatiom" " Praise," and cherubim, and busts of Linnaeus, William Bartram, and Reverend Henry M. Muhlenberg. fie executed also statues of " Winter," "Agriculture," a figure of Christ on the cross, which last two were destroyed by fire, several portrait-busts, including General Lafayette (1824), and other works. His best-known statue is that of Washington (1814), which was bought by the city of Philadelphia. Mr. Rush served in the Revolutionary army, and was a member of the councils of his native city for more than a quarter of a century.
This site and its contents are not affiliated, connected,
associated with or authorized by the individual, family,
friends, or trademarked entities utilizing any part or
the subject's entire name. Any official or affiliated
sites that are related to this subject will be hyper
linked below upon submission
and Evisum, Inc. review.
Please join us in our mission to incorporate The Congressional Evolution of the United States of America discovery-based curriculum into the classroom of every primary and secondary school in the United States of America by July 2, 2026, the nation’s 250th birthday. , the United States of America: We The
People. Click Here