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Clarence Addison Shaler

sculptor , philanthropist.

Clarence Addison Shaler, American sculptor, philanthropist.


Shaler, Clarence Addison was born on May 29, 1860 in Mackford, Green Lake County, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Ansel and Sally (Stuart) Shaler.


Student Ripon (Wisconsin) College, 1873-1879, honorary Master of Arts, 1936.


1 daughter, Marian (Mistress Arthur Hanisch). Began as manufacturer of umbrellas and other patented inventions, Waupun, Wisconsin, 1893. Founded C. A. Shaler Company, for manufacturing of automobile tire vulcanizers (his own invention), Waupun, 1903.

Retired from business, 1928. Now devotes his time to sculpturing. Founded Shaler Scholarship to finance college courses for graduates of Waupun High School, 1920.

Donated his statues, “Genesis” (1936) and “Abraham Lincoln” (1939) to Ripon College (also large gifts to the endowment). Principal works: Dawn of Day, Pioneers, Group of Deer, Waupun. The Unfolding Flower, Diogenes, By the Roadway of Life, Nydie, Youth, My Mexico, The Choir Boy, Inspiration, Whither, Pasadena, California.

Genesis, Abraham Lincoln, Ripon College. Morning of Life, Mackford, Wisconsin. Tomorrow Is Today’s Dream, Miami, Florida.

The Vision, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Citadel, University of Southern California. He Who Plants Believes in God.


Married Blanch Bancroft, 1895 (now deceased).

Ansel Shaler

Sally (Stuart) Shaler

Blanch Bancroft