(b Exeter, NH, 20 Apr. 1850; d Stockbridge, Mass., 7 Oct. 1931).
American sculptor. He made his name with the famous bronze statue of the Minute Man (1875), in Concord, Massachusetts, a monument to commemorate the rising of the citizens of the town during the early years of the Revolution (the figure was ready to fight for his country in a minute). After this success, French went on to become the most illustrious sculptor of public monuments of his day, his best-known work being the huge seated marble figure of Abraham Lincoln (dedicated in 1922) on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.