September 25, 1847|
|Died||January 12, 1914
Ream was born September 25, 1847 in a log cabin in Madison, Wisconsin as Lavinia Ellen Ream. She was the youngest daughter of Lavinia and Robert Ream. Robert Ream was a surveyor and a Wisconsin Territory civil servant. Her mother was a McDonald of Scottish ancestry. The Reams also operated a stage coach stop, one of the first hotels in Madison, from their home. Guests slept on the floor.
In 1861, her family moved to Washington, D.C.. Vinnie Ream was one of the first women to be employed by the federal government, as a clerk in the dead letter office of the United States Post Office from 1862–66 during the American Civil War. She sang at the E Street Baptist Church, and for the wounded at Washington, D.C. hospitals. She collected materials for the Grand Sanitary Commission.
Vinnie Ream was the first and youngest woman to receive a commission as an artist from the United States government for a statue. She was awarded the commission for the full-size Carrara marble statue of Lincoln by a vote of Congress on July 28, 1866, when she was 18 years old. She worked in a studio in Room A of the basement of the Capitol. In 1868, she traveled to Wisconsin to gain a commission, unsuccessfully. Senator Edmund G. Ross boarded with her family during the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. She traveled to Paris, Munich, Florence, then Rome to produce a finished marble figure from the plaster model. She studied with Leon Bonnat in Paris. She made busts of Gustave Dore, Pere Hyacynthe, Franz Liszt, and Giacomo Antonelli. Her studio was at 45 Via de San Basile. She met Georg Brandes at that time.
When the statue was complete, she returned to Washington. On January 25, 1871, her white marble statue of President Abraham Lincoln was unveiled in the United States Capitol rotunda. She was only 23 years old. She opened a studio at 704 Broadway. In 1871, she exhibited at the American Institution Fair.
She returned to Washington and opened a studio and salon at 235 Pennsylvania Avenue. She was unsuccessful in her entry in the Thomas statue competition. In 1875, George Armstrong Custer sat for a portrait bust. In 1876, she exhibited at the Centennial Exposition. In November 1877, she produced a model for a Lee statue in Richmond. After lobbying William Tecumseh Sherman and Mrs. Farragut, she won a competition to sculpt Admiral David G. Farragut located at Farragut Square, Washington, D.C., which was unveiled on May 28, 1878. It was cast in the Washington Navy Yard.
Ream married Richard L. Hoxie, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 28, 1878. They had one son. Her husband was reassigned to Montgomery, Alabama, and St. Paul Minnesota. Finally, the Hoxies lived at 1632 K Street near Farragut Square, and Vinnie played the harp for entertainment; they had a summer home at 310 South Lucas Street, Iowa City, Iowa.
Her marbles, America, The West, and Miriam, were exhibited at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Ream designed the first free-standing statue of a Native American, Sequoyah, to be placed in Statuary Hall at the Capitol.
- Sappho 1865–1870
- Thaddeus Stevens 1865
- America 1870
- The West 1870?
- Miriam 1870?
- Abraham Lincoln 1871
- Admiral David G. Farragut 1881
- Edwin B. Hay 1902-06
- Samuel Jordan Kirkwood 1906
- Sequoyah 1912–1914
Sappho (1870), Smithsonian American Art Museum
Abraham Lincoln (1871), United States Capitol rotunda
A first day cover stamp was issued in honor of Vinnie Ream and her work on the statue of Sequoyah, the Native American inventor of the Cherokee alphabet.
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- "AMERICAN INSTITUTE FAIR.; The Fortieth Annual Exhibition A Large Display in the Different Branches of Art, Agriculture and Manufacture". The New York Times. 1871-09-06.
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- Eagle, Mary Kavanaugh Oldham, (ed). "Lincoln and Farragut." by Mrs. Vinnie Ream Hoxie (1847–1914). The Congress of Women: Held in the Woman's Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, U.S.A., 1893. Chicago, Ill: Monarch Book Company, 1894. pp. 603–608.
- Kathryn Allamong Jacob (1998). Testament to Union: Civil War monuments in Washington, Part 3. Photograph Edwin Harlan Remsberg. JHU Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-5861-1.
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- "Vinnie Ream and Richard Leveridge Hoxie papers", Library of Congress
- John J. McDonald, "Vinnie Ream Hoxie at Iowa and Elsewhere", Books at Iowa 22 (April 1975)
- "The Farragut Statue: Vinnie Ream's Other Big Commission", Streets of Washington, D.C.
- "Vinnie Ream. Photographer unknown. Biographical File. Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZ62-10284.". Library of Congress. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
- Vinnie Ream at Find a Grave