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Archibald Willard

Born: Aug 22, 1836

Death: Oct 11, 1918

Birthplace: Bedford

Nationality: United States

Archibald Willard

Date of Birth : Aug 22, 1836
Date of Death : Oct 11, 1918
Birth Place : Bedford

Archibald MacNeal Willard was an American painter who was born and raised in Bedford, Ohio. Willard joined the 86th Ohio Infantry in 1863 and fought in the American Civil War. During this time, he painted several scenes from the war and forged a friendship with photographer James F. Ryder. Willard painted The Spirit of '76 in Wellington, Ohio after he saw a parade pass through the town square. Willard also painted three murals in the main hall of the Fayette County courthouse in Washington Court House, Ohio: The Spirit of Electricity, The Spirit of Telegraphy, and The Spirit of the Mail. Willard is buried in Wellington, Ohio at the Greenwood Cemetery. There is a Willard Drive in Bedford and a Willard Avenue in nearby Garfield Heights named after him.

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