Laura Gardin Fraser Photo

Laura Gardin Fraser

Born: 1889

Death: Aug 13, 1966

Birthplace: Chicago

Nationality: United States

Laura Gardin Fraser

Date of Birth : 1889
Date of Death : Aug 13, 1966
Birth Place : Chicago

Laura Gardin Fraser was an American sculptor and the wife of sculptor James Earle Fraser. Laura Gardin studied under Fraser at the Art Students League of New York from 1910 to 1912. Alone or with her husband she designed a number of U.S. coins, notably the Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar. In 1931 she was the winner of the competition to design a new quarter with George Washington on the obverse. Her winning design was ignored by the then-Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon, who selected a design by John Flanagan. Fraser's design was coined as a commemorative five-dollar gold piece in 1999. In 1924, she was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1931. Laura Gardin Fraser is buried next to her husband in Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport, Connecticut.


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