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Fairbanks, Franklin


Age: 0, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): State
Service: Military Aide to Governors Hall and Fairbanks (his father), with rank of Colonel. Superintended the manufacture of artillery and harness irons for the government during the war.

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Birth: 06/18/2828, St. Johnsbury, VT
Death: 04/24/1895

Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Elm Ave. 781 Part 5
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 18817078


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Wikipedia
College?: DC 77 Honorary A.M.
Veterans Home?: VT
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Unknown


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Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT

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DEATH YESTERDAY OF FRANKLIN FAIRBANKS St. Johnsbury, April 24. - Col. Franklin Fairbanks died tonight of embolism, induced by the grip.

His Life

Franklin Fairbanks, son of Erastus and Lois (Crossman) Fairbanks, was born in St. Johnsbury June 19, 1828, and received an academical education.

At the age of 17 years he entered the Fairbanks scale works and made himself familiar with scale-making. He was afterward a clerk in the store and in all the departments of the office of the scale establishment.

When he was 27 years old he was admitted as partner in the firm of E. & T. Fairbanks & Co. He was active in the construction of the St. Johnsbury and Lake Champlain railroad.

In 1876, at the organization of the Fairbanks scale firm as a corporation, he was elected vice-president, and at the death of his brother in 1888 he was made president, holding that office at the time of his death.

He was an active republican and represented St. Johnsbury in the legislature in 1870 and again in 1872, when he was elected speaker. He had been a member of the republican state committee more than 20 years.

Mr. Fairbanks was appointed a colonel on Gov. Hall's staff in 1858 and received the same appointment from Gov. Fairbanks in 1861. He also did effective service in raising troops during the rebellion.

Since 1888 he had been president of the First National bank of St. Johnsbury. He was also president of the Ely Hoe and Fork company of the same town. He was a trustee of the Northfield, Mass., seminary, the Vermont soldiers' home, St. Johnsbury academy, also the Athenaeum and the museum of natural history of St. Johnsbury.

From his boyhood Mr. Fairbanks was a student of natural history, having made many valuable collections. He gave St. Johnsbury a museum of natural science, which was dedicated in 1891. It is one of the best equipped museums in New England.

Since 1861 Mr. Fairbanks had been superintendent of the Sunday school of the North church of St. Johnsbury, a continuous service of over 34 years. For 10 years he was a member of the international lesson committee.

December 8, 1852, Mr. Fairbanks married Frances A. Clapp, daughter of Rev. Sumner G. And Pamela (Strong) Clapp. To them were born four children: Alfred, Mary Florence (now Mrs. Joseph T. Herrick of Springfield, Mass.), Margaret Jane and Ellen Henrietta, of whom two, Mrs. Herrick and Ellen H., survive.

Source: Rutland Daily Herald, April 25, 1895
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.