Jo Davidson (1883 - 1952), was a renowned American artist who worked mostly in portraiture sculpture. He was my grandfather.
Jo Davidson made around 450 portraits in his lifetime, a feat that may never have been duplicated to this day. The subjects of these portraits were from all walks of life. They were historical figures, presidents, writers, thinkers, artists, politicians, generals, socialites, actors and anybody whose faces inspired him. In 2006, The Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery opened a permanent exhibition, "Jo Davidson: Biographer in Bronze", showcasing fourteen of his works in terracotta and bronze. He also did heroic and life-size figurative sculptures in bronze and stone. Most noteworthy are Will Rogers and Robert LaFollette in the Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Congress.