Vinnie Ream Hoxie
1847 – 1914 A.D.
Vinnie Ream Hoxie, an American sculptor, born at Madison, Wis. She studied in Paris and Rome, and shortly after Lincoln’s death, which still a young girl, she won a $30,000 prize in a competition for a statue of the martyred president.
The first woman sculptor ever to receive a commission from the government, she executed a life-size figure, which is now in the rotunda of the Capital at Washington. Congress later commissioned her to make the heroic statue of Farragut, now in Farragut Square, Washington.
Her work is represented in various cities here and abroad. In 1878 she was married to Major R.L. Hoxie of the U.S. Engineers.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.