Cyrus Edwin Dallin was an American sculptor and educator. He was born in 1861 in a log cabin at Springville, Utah of Mormon pioneers parents, Thomas and Jane Hamer Dallin, and developed an early interest in art and Indian life while herding animals and attending Springville's one-room schools sponsored by the Presbyterian Church of which he became a member. At eighteen, the gifted youth moved to Boston, where he studied sculpture under Truman H. Bartlett. Within a short time he gained international recognition for his monumental, award-winning, equestrian statues of American Indians and patriot leaders. To prove himself he twice studied sculpture in Paris under master teachers, Michael Chapu and Jean Dampt at the Julian Academie and Ecole des Beaux-Arts.