Born in the Texas Panhandle, Leonard McMurry became a sculptor of monumental sculptures and of portrait busts of the main characters, soldiers and Indians, of the main characters at the Battle of Little Big Horn including Sitting Bull and General Custer. He studied at Washington University in Saint Louis with Carl Mose and earned a degree in fine arts. He then served in World War II, and after the war returned to sculpting and studied with Ivan Mestrovic. One of his monumental pieces is Eighty Niner, which he did for Oklahoma City and for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Leonard McMurry passed away on January 13, 2008. (From AskArt) Sources: Dictionary of American Sculptors, Edited by Glen Opitz Peggy and Harold Samuels, Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West. Death notice courtesy of his son Robert.