John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum was a sculptor of great prowess. The carver of many historical busts and sculptures, his skill in carving and sculpting led to him being written to by Doane Robertson in 1923, who asked Borglum if he would be interested in carving the most famous sculpture of his life-Mount Rushmore.
Work began on the project in 1927. Borglum devoted his life to the project until his death on March 6, 1941. After his death, the final touches on the sculpture fell to his son, who completed it in memory of his father.