Thomas Ball, an American sculptor, born in Charlestown, Mass., June 3, 1819. He was originally a portrait painter in Boston, but about 1852 began to devote himself exclusively to modelling. His first production in the plas-tic art was a miniature bust of Jenny find, which was soon followed by a life-size bust of Daniel Webster, esteemed an excellent likeness. After executing a life-size statue of the same statesman he passed several years in Europe, and upon his return to Boston received a commission for an equestrian statue of Washington, which was cast in bronze by the Ames manufacturing company at Chicopee, Mass., and placed in the public garden of Boston in 18G8. He revisited Europe in 18G5, passing some time in Rome and Florence. His remaining works include a bust of Rufus Choate, statuettes of Webster, Lincoln, and Clay, a life-size statue of Edward Everett (in the Boston public library), a statue of Edwin Forrest in the character of Coriolanus, one of Eve, and a number of ideal busts and statues.

In 1871 his statue of Gov. Andrew of Massachusetts was placed in the state house at Boston.