Born in Watseka, IL, Henry Bacon attended the University of Illinois only briefly before he launched his architectural career. Most of his training was received in the office of McKim, Mead & White, but in 1889 he won the Rotch Traveling Scholarship, which allowed him to travel in Europe for two years. Nonetheless, he returned to McKim, Mead & White and would stay with them for six more years. After a partnership with James Brite, Bacon established an independent general practice in 1902. He is perhaps best known for his design of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC (1911-1922), but he did design several other monuments and exhibited his drawings in early T-Square Club annual catalogues.
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