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Notes for William Marshall SWAYNE

Marshall, as he was called, was a sculptor of note. West Chester Daily Local News and other papers say William Marshall Swayne lived many years on the Street Road about four miles north from Kennett Square, where limestone for many of his busts was cut. Among others are General Anthony Wayne, Dr. William Darlington, several of Abraham Lincoln, Salmon P. Chase, Edwin M. Stanton, William H. Seward, Andrew Johnson, Bayard Taylor, General Meade, many officials of the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, Sam Houston, John Hickman, Joshua R. Giddings, James A. Bayard, Washington Townsend and Noah Swayne. Many of these were made while he was a clerk in the internal revenue offices at the U. S. Treasury, to which he had been appointed at the instance of 143 Noah Haynes Swayne of the U. S. Supreme Court. Chester Co. Collections for 1939 has a list of his works of sculpture, 51 in all, in order of execution, the list made by William Marshall Swayne, the locations furnished by his son Antonio Canova Swayne, who then had nine of them, these in 1954 in the Chester Co. Historical Society museum. Of some of his statues several copies were made. In 1864 in Washington, President Lincoln sat for him for a bust, and afterwards said, "I have sat for several to model my likeness, but I like yours best." His bust of James Bayard Taylor of Kennett Square was made in 1878 from a sitting the day before Taylor departed for Berlin as American Envoy Extraordinary. This bust is in the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library in Kennett Square and is considered by the Taylor family and old neighbors a striking likeness.
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