Gutzon Borglum (right) and Lincoln Borglum observe work on Mount Rushmore from the tram car.
Gutzon Borglum (right) and Lincoln Borglum observing work on Mount Rushmore from the tram car.

Charles D'Emery

Quick Facts

Significance:
Sculptor of Mount Rushmore
Place of Birth:
St. Charles, Idaho
Date of Birth:
March 25, 1867
Place of Death:
Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death:
March 6, 1941
Place of Burial:
Glendale, California
Cemetery Name:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park

"Let us place there, carved high, as close to heaven as we can, the words of our leaders, their faces, to show posterity what manner of men they were.  Then breathe a prayer that these records will endure until the wind and the rain alone shall wear them away."  - Gutzon Borglum

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum devoted 14 years of his life to memorializing four presidents that he believed were instrumental in the birth, growth, development and preservation of the United States.  He chose George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln to represent those stages.