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John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum
March 25, 1867 Gutzon Borglum (John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum) born in Bear Lake, Idaho
  John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum
August 15, 1915 Gutzon Borglum meets with representatives of the United Daughters of the Confederacy about carving Stone Mountain
  John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum
May 20, 1916 Dedication of the official start of work on the carving at Stone Mountain
  Stone Mountain
  John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum
June 23, 1923 Carving begins on Stone Mountain
  Stone Mountain
  John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum
January 19, 1924 Gutzon Borglum unveils the head of Robert E. Lee at Stone Mountain, Georgia
  John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum
  Stone Mountain
February 25, 1925 Committee overseeing the construction of Stone Mountain votes to cancel Gutzon Borglum's contract, following Borglum's outburst in the local papers over problems with the project.
  Stone Mountain
  John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum
March 6, 1941 Gutzon Borglum dies
  John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum


The son of Danish immigrant, Borglum is best remembered for two grand projects, the carving at Stone Mountain and the carving at Mount Rushmore. Each story had vastly different outcomes. The carving at Stone Mountain, a tribute to the Confederate leaders, was under the control of the Ku Klux Klan. Borglum, who could be described as "headstrong," went into the project with his own ideas of how the mountain should be carved. While the Klan was willing to allow him control of how the carving was to be done they were not willing to cede creative control. As a result, Borglum ended his relationship with the group by fleeing the state, never to return. In 1927 work began on Mt. Rushmore and continued under Borglum's supervision for 13 years. It is considered an engineering marvel.




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