John Gutzon Borglum is known for the famous President’s Heads sculpted in Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. His complete name was (John) Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum. Born on 25th march 1867 in St. Charles, Idaho, John Gutzon Borglum sculpted many public works across the USA. He was Danish-American by birth. His birthday is celebrated one among the Famous birthdays in march, on that day birthday gifts, birthday cards, pictures of his are distributed or supplied among the school children.
John Gutzon Borglum graduated from Creighton Preparatory School and got his training in Paris. He was very much influenced by impressionistic and light catching surfaces of Rodin in his earlier days. In 1901 he started his career as a sculptor by sculpting apostles and saints for Saint John, The Divine Cathedral.He has a unique distinction as the only living American whose sculptor was accepted by Metropolitan Museum of Art. His reputation and legacy has been kept alive by his brother Solon Borglum.He was an active member of organising committee that was responsible for organising New York Armory Show in 1913 which is belived to be the birthplace of Modern American Art.
Some of the well known sculptors of John Gutzon Borglum include Statue of General Phillip Sheridan in Chicago, and Washington DC, Lincoln Newark in New Jersey and many more. he completed the John William Mackay’s Statue in 1908 which is located in Reno at the University of Reno. University of Virginia also consists of a memorial sculpted by him, in memory of James R. McConnell. Another influential he design can be found on Seminary Ridge in Morth Carolina state. He was also associated with Ancient Free and Accepted Mason as an active member. He was also associated with Grand Lodge of Denmark. He was appointed as its Grand Representative in 1915. He received Scottish Rite Degree in 1907. He sculpted State Westward of the United Sates Memorial in 1938.
John Gutzon Borglum was buried in Glendale at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery alongside his second wife Mary Borglum. Posthumous medallion of he was sculpted by Christan Cardell Corbett, a Canadian artist and it is located in Gutzon Borglum Museum.