Bust of The Reverend William Stephen Rainsford

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Daniel Chester French
1850-1931
Bronze.
Gift of The Reverend and Mrs. Edward O. Miller.
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Gift of the artist to the Rainsford family, New York; The Reverend and Mrs. Edward O. Miller, Castine, Maine; from whom acquired in 2017.
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In 1883, Morgan was instrumental in hiring for St. George's Church the socially progressive William Stephen Rainsford (1850-1933), who served as rector until 1906. Morgan was an ardent supporter of Rainsford's social programs and outreach to the immigrant community surrounding Stuyvesant Square, and Rainsford became Morgan's spiritual guide. In 1902, the sculptor Daniel Chester French was commissioned, perhaps by Morgan, to make two bronze busts of Rainsford. One remains at St. George's; the other was given to Rainsford's family, which eventually presented it to the Rev. Edward O. Miller, who served as rector of St. George's from 1946-75, and who was a great admirer of his predecessor.

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