Edgar Samuel Paxson

(1852-1919)

Edgar Samuel Paxson assisted his father with sign painting and decorating before beginning his professional career as a muralist. In 1877 Paxson served as a scout in the Nez Perce War in Missouri, which turned his artistic interest to American Indian and pioneer life. Two years later he settled in Deer Lodge MO and gained success for several important commissions. He produced eight murals based on the Lewis and Clark Expedition for the Missoula County Court and six for the State Capitol Building in Helena. His best known work is a 6'x10' mural entitled "Custer's Last Battle" which took him many years to make. It was exhibited nationally and was lauded for its accuracy in detail. Paxson died in 1919.