Happy Birthday Horatio Greenough!! American's “first” sculptor Horatio Greenough was born in 1805. As a child, Greenough began sculpting with chalk. He studied at Harvard, where he developed a love of literature as well as antiquities. He continued to sculpt, and went to Rome to study art. One of his best known government commissions is of George Washington, a controversial piece, due obviously to his choice to sculpt America's forefather as a nude Greek god.