1814 – He was born on the 24th of February in Leyden, Massachusetts.
1836-1839 – He began to paint portraits while still a boy, studied painting in Boston under Chester Harding, learned a little about modelling, and spent his summers working as a railroad engineer to earn enough to enable him to study further.
1842-1846 – He spent four years in Italy; but returning to New York he remained distinctively American, and was never dominated, as were so many of the early American sculptors, by Italian influence.
1874 – His equestrian statues are excellent, notably that of General Winfield Scott in Washington, D.C.
1886 – He died on the 10th of July in Newburgh, New York.