E. M. Viquesney

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Ernest Moore Viquesney (August 5, 1876 – October 4, 1946) was an American sculptor best known for his very popular World War I monument Spirit of the American Doughboy. The sculpture was installed in front of many American city halls and courthouses and in public parks and cemeteries in the years 1920 through 1940; the exact number may never be determined, but there are approximately 140 extant today, in 38 different states. A total of 153 are listed in the SIRIS database, though some have been destroyed by weather, accidents, or vandalism.[1]

Viquesney also produced at least one World War II monument, "Spirit of the Fighting Yank[2] and various other World War I memorials including "Spirit of the American Navy".

He was born in Spencer, Indiana, lived there most of his life and is buried at Riverside Cemetery in the town.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Viquesney, E. M., 1876-1946, sculptor.". Smithsonian InstitutionResearch Information System. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Grissom, Carol A. (2009). Zinc sculpture in America 1850-1950. Newark: University of Delaware Press. p. 549. ISBN 9780874130317. 
  3. ^ "Headstone of E. M. Viquesney at Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Indiana - The E. M. Viquesney Doughboy Database". Doughboysearcher.weebly.com. 1946-10-05. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  4. ^ "E. M. Viquesney, Sculptor - The E. M. Viquesney Doughboy Database". Doughboysearcher.weebly.com. Retrieved 2016-10-07.