Governor John Pillsbury by Daniel Chester French

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Sculptor Daniel Chester French created this 7-foot tall bronze sculpture of John Pillsbury in 1900. Pillsbury served as the governor of Minnesota from 1876-1882. He also served as a regent for the University of Minnesota and helped the school get out of debt in the early years. He became known as the “Father of the University.” Pillsbury Hall is named in his honor. The inscription on the base reads:

John Sargent Pillsbury
Regent 1863-1901
A wise counselor
A generous benefactor
Untiring in his devotion
To the welfare and advancement
Of the University
Erected in 1900
By the Alumni

Daniel Chester French is best known for his sculpture of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. French also created the Quadriga at the Minnesota State Capitol.

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