Born in Albany, New York, he studied at the Pratt Institute, with Herbert Adams. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York with George Grey Barnard and Hermon Atkins MacNeil, and then in Paris for three years under Jean Antoine Injalbert before his return to the United States in 1910.
In 1914, McCartan became the Director of the sculpture department of the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York City. Eleanor Mary Mellon was among those he taught during his career.
Other work can be found at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. New Jersey Bell Headquarters Building, a national historic site in Newark, New Jersey includes pilasters by the artist. He worked on a pediment for the Department of Labor Building, in 1934 to 1935.
- Girl Drinking from a Shell, c. 1915 Reading Public Museum
- Nymph and Satyr, 1920, The Century Association
- Boy and Panther, 1920
- Dream Lady, Eugene Field Memorial 1922, Lincoln Park
- Diana, 1923, Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Diana and Hound, 1923, High Museum of Art
- Dionysus (McCartan) 1923 remodeled 1936 Brookgreen Gardens
- Diana and Doe 1924
- Bather, 1935, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Nymph and Frog, 1938
- Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller (19 December 2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-63882-5.
- Stolen statue from Grosse Pointe War Memorial comes home, The Detroit News, May 16, 2009
-  Edward McCartan Official Site. June, 2007.
- "Verizon Company Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
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