April 20, 1850
- Born in Exeter, New Hampshire.
- Executes bust of his father, Henry Flagg French, and relief of his sister, Sarah Flagg French.
- Works in studio of John Quincy Adams Ward.
- Studies with William Rimmer.
- Commissioned to execute Minute Man for town of Concord, Massachusetts.
- Goes to Florence, Italy. Works in studio of Thomas Ball.
April 19, 1875
- Minute Man dedicated.
- Returns from Italy.
- Resides in Washington. Begins first of three government commissions, groups for U.S. Custom House, Saint Louis.
- Completes groups for Saint Louis.
- Signs contract for sculpture on U.S. Court House and Post Office, Philadelphia. Returns to Concord.
- Begins bust of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
- Begins third government commission, sculpture on U.S. Post Office and Subtreasury, Boston.
May 6, 1882
- Elected member Society of American Artists, New York.
- Brother, William M. R. French (1843-1914), becomes director of newly organized Art Institute of Chicago.
- Spends winter in New York. Completes sculpture for Boston Post Office.
- Commissioned to make statue of John Harvard.
- Attends Frederick Crowninshield’s Art School, Richmond, Massachusetts.
October 15, 1884
- John Harvard dedicated.
- First sketch of Memory.
- Departs for Paris.
- Completes full size model of Lewis Cass. Receives contract for Thomas Gallaudet Memorial.
- Returns to United States.
- Purchases home and studio in New York.
July 7, 1888
- Marries Mary French.
- Commissioned for Milmore Memorial.
June 26, 1889
- Thomas Gallaudet Memorial unveiled.
August 3, 1889
- Daughter, Margaret, born in Concord, Massachusetts.
- Commissioned for Republic, World’s Columbian Exposition.
- Returns to Paris. Contracts for Milmore Memorial to be cast in bronze.
- Returns to United States. Begins enlargements of Republic. Works with Edward C. Potter on Triumph of Columbia and Agriculture for World’s Columbian Exposition. Begins John Boyle O’Reilly Memorial for Boston.
- Second collaborations with Charles F. McKim, Theophilus W. Walker relief for Bowdoin College.
- Selected as sculptor for Richard Morris Hunt Memorial, New York.
- Buys property at Glendale, Massachusetts; begins renovation and design of summer home and studio, Chesterwood. At work on Doors, Boston Public Library, George Washington, for Paris, France, and Parkman Memorial.
- Begins model for Joseph Hooker, with Edward C. Potter.
- Signs contract for Alma Mater, Columbia University.
- Sculpture for Hunt Memorial installed.
- Begins collaboration with Cass Filbert on the Continents for U.S. Custom House, New York.
May 18, 1903
- Elected Trustee, Metropolitan Museum of Art
September 23, 1903
- Alma Mater unveiled.
- At work on new model for Parkman Memorial.
- Parkman Memorial complete.
- Begins model of Melvin Memorial; Henry Bacon, architect.
- The Continents in place.
- Melvin Memorial completed.
- Appointed sculptor for Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Nebraska; Henry Bacon, architect.
- Resumes work on Memory.
June 15, 1910
- Appointed member Commission on Fine Arts, Washington.
- At work on Lincoln.
- Lincoln unveiled.
- Selected as sculptor for Alger Memorial, Detroit; Henry Bacon, architect.
- Commissioned for Trask Memorial, Saratoga Springs; Henry Bacon, architect.
- Appointed sculptor for Manhattan and Brooklyn, Manhattan Bridge.
- Offered commission as sculptor of Abraham Lincoln for Lincoln Memorial, Washington.
- Mourning Victory (Melvin Memorial) presented to Metropolitan Museum.
- Resigns from Commission of Fine Arts. Trask Memorial unveiled.
- Working model of Lincoln ready for inspection.
- Manhattan Bridge groups completed and in place.
March 7, 1917
- Selected as sculptor for Dupont Memorial.
- Marble statue of Memory presented to Metropolitan Museum of Art.
May 17, 1921
- Dupont Memorial dedicated.
- Selected as sculptor for First Division Memorial; Cass Gilbert, architect.
July 27, 1921
- Alger Memorial dedicated.
May 30, 1922
- Lincoln dedicated.
October 4, 1924
- First Division Memorial unveiled.
- Begins work on Andromeda.
October 7, 1931
- Dies at Chesterwood.
- Memorial Exhibition, Grand Central Galleries, New York.
- Exhibition at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.