Written by Bill Green:
Franklin Simmons was Maine's finest sculptor. He was a neoclassicist who worked from 1855 until his death in 1913. He grew up in Brunswick and had studios in Lewiston and Portland before moving to Rome where he spent the last 45 years of his life. His art can be viewed in museums all over America. In Maine, his most famous works include the citizen sentry civil war statue in Lewiston, as well as Our Lady of Victories and the Longfellow Statue in Portland.