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Frederick Fanning Ayer
— lawyer & philanthropist & poet —
Frederick Ayer was born at Lowell, Massachusetts, September 12, 1851, in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of James C. Ayer, the founder of a proprietary medicine firm. He graduated from Harvard in 1873 and thereafter undertook the management of his father's estate upon his father's death in 1878. He maintained an office in New York City.
[Source: Obituary, "Frederick Fanning Ayer," New York Times, Jun. 10, 1924, p. 21][See also: Thomas William Herringshaw, Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century 61 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1898); Samuel Atkins Eliot, "Frederick Fanning Ayer," in The Biographical History of Massachusetts (Massachusetts Biographical Society, 1911)]
Frederick Fanning Ayer, Bell and Wing (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1911) [online text]