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Jun 5, 2016 1:40 PM

Abraham Lincoln statue returning home to New Hampshire

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CONCORD (AP) — A 12-foot bronze monument to President Abraham Lincoln is being installed at the former home of its sculptor, who was lured to rural New Hampshire more than a century ago with the promise of "plenty of Lincoln-shaped men" who could serve as models.

"Abraham Lincoln: The Man" — more commonly referred to as "Standing Lincoln" — was commissioned in 1884 for Lincoln Park in Chicago. It depicts Lincoln standing in front of a chair, head slightly bowed, left hand grasping his lapel.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens' "Standing Lincoln" set the standard for Lincoln likenesses to follow, including the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. A replica of the statue is being installed June 26 at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire.

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