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By Kent Larsen
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At 12, Model for Patriotic Statue; As Adult, Utah Supreme Court Justice

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- In 1936 sixth grader D. Frank Wilkins was chosen as the model for a patriotic statue, in which the boy points towards the top of a flagpole, while a girl next to him is holding a copy of the U.S. Constitution. The statue, by LDS artist Torlief S. Knaphus, was dedicated that year, and has stood ever since in front of the Salt Lake City-County Building on State street in Salt Lake City. But Wilkins hasn't stood still. While he wanted to become a journalist, he ended up going to law school, and eventually became a justice onthe Utah Supreme Court, where he was known for his soul-searching, eloquent rulings. Wilkins resigned from the court in 1980.


Story Behind a Statue, Model for patriotism grew up to be model jurist
Salt Lake Tribune 25Feb02 US UT SLC T2
By Dawn House: Salt Lake Tribune


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