Paxson, Edgar Samuel, 1852-1919


Paxson, Edgar Samuel, 1852-1919

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Born in East Hamburg, New York, Edgar S. Paxson began his career as a carriage and sign painter for his father. In 1874 he moved west, eventually settling in Montana and working as a freight driver and stagecoach guard. In 1879 his wife and young son joined him in Deer Lodge where he began to paint local scenes and Indian portraits. In 1881 the family moved to Butte, where Paxson worked as an artist for the next twenty-four years. In 1906 Paxson moved a final time, this time to Missoula where he spent his remaining years. Perhaps best known for his painting depicting the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Paxson is also well known for his murals depicting Montana historical figures and events that grace the Montana State Capitol building and the Missoula County Courthouse.

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East Hamburg, New York

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