- E. D. Lloyd-Kimbrel
Augur, Hezekiah (21 February 1791–10 January 1858), sculptor, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Hezekiah Augur, Sr., a carpenter, and his second wife, Lydia Atwater. The boy early on learned to use his father’s tools and even tinkered with making machinery. In a letter written when he was eight years old, Hezekiah noted that he “preferred the confines of the shop to fighting schoolfellows” (French, p. 47). His father, however, apprenticed him at the age of nine to a grocer; Augur, Sr., apparently wanted his son to aspire to more than a manual trade, even though young Hezekiah seemed quite happy carving wood. One of his duties in the grocery was to fix and make shoes. He was more adept at the awl than the record book, however, and upon finishing his apprenticeship seems to have been regarded as “an abominably poor grocer, but a proficient cobbler” (French, p. 47)....