1872 – Helen Farnsworth Mears Born

On this date was born. A sculptress, she began studying under Lorado Taft at the Chicago Art Institute.┬áMears was commissioned to do a figure to represent Wisconsin at the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893). The result was a nine-foot statue, "," which now stands in the state captiol. Her best-known work, a statue of Frances E. Willard, was executed under commission from the state of Illlinois in 1898, and was unveiled in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in 1905. She was also the sculptress of the Adin Randall Foundation in Eau Claire, which was completed in 1914. She was living in New York City when her promising career was cut short by an untimely death on Feb. 17, 1916. [Source: , p. 250-251]