William Ordway Partridge
was born in Paris in 1861 of American parents. Returning to America after the overthrow of the French Empire of Napoleon III, Partridge attended Columbia University. After a short experimental year with the stage, Partridge went abroad to study sculpture. He also published articles on esthetics and verse novels, Angel of Clay, and the Czar's Gift. Partridge lectured at Stanford University; and was a professor at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
He was a member of the Sons of the Revolution, Veteran Corps of Artillery and the Architectural League and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and of the Royal Society of Arts, London. Among his principle works that can be seen in the New York area are: the statue of Samuel J. Tilden on Riverside Drive at 113th Street; the sculptures of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, as well as the bust of Dean van Amringe at Columbia University; the heroic marble Pieta at St. Patrick's Cathedral; the equestrian statue of General Grant in Brooklyn; the bust of Theodore Roosevelt at the Republican Club; the marble Peace Head at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Joseph Pulitzer Memorial in Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx. Partridge died in New York in 1930.