Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902

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American author and historian.

From the description of Letters, 1898, Brooklyn, to Worthington Chauncey Ford. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122580858

American historian and novelist.

From the description of Papers : of Paul Leicester Ford, 1888-1905. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 29734016

From the description of Typed letter signed : Brooklyn, New York, to [George Haven] Putnam, 189? May 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270874915

Paul Leicester Ford (1865-1902) was an American author and historian known for his biographies of American founding fathers and for editing the works of Thomas Jefferson. He was killed in 1902 by his brother, Malcolm Webster Ford, in a murder-suicide related to a family dispute over money.

From the guide to the Paul Leicester Ford Letter, 1880, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Author and historian.

From the description of Paul Leicester Ford letter, 1890. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79453601

American author and historian; brother of Worthington Chauncey Ford.

From the description of ALS, 1890 May 30-[31], New York, to Worthington Chauncey Ford. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122489347

Paul Leicester Ford, historian and novelist, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Ford's first work, Webster Genealogy (1876), traced the family tree of Noah Webster, Ford's great-grandfather. In 1881 he edited and published an exchange of letters between Webster and George Washington, and the following year he published Websteriana, a bibliography of Webster's works. Although these early efforts were largely antiquarian, Ford's later projects were scholarly endeavors that focused on important figures of American history, including John Dickinson, Benjamin Franklin, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. In between these major projects, Ford compiled dozens of minor bibliographies relating to early national American literature. He also edited and published an impressive number of obscure but significant historical documents, and two novels, The Honorable Peter Stirling, and Janice Meredith. [Source: Charles W. Carey, Jr., "Ford, Paul Leicester," American National Biography online]

From the description of Paul Leicester Ford letters received, 1890-1891. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 62093945

Paul Leicester Ford was an historian and author. Born into a prominent New York family, he suffered a crippling accident as a child and was educated at home, where he had access to his father's extensive library of books and manuscripts. He began publishing books based on documents in his father's collections, including works on his great-grandfather, Noah Webster, and other notable Americans. As the editor of Library Journal, 1890-1893, he advocated open stacks, union catalogs, and inter-library loan services. He later wrote several best-selling novels, making him widely known and financially independent. He was shot and killed by his disinherited brother, Malcolm, in 1902.

From the description of Paul Leicester Ford letters, 1890. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 146213509

Paul Leicester Ford (1862-1902) was born at Brooklyn, New York, the seventh child and third son of Gordon Lester Ford (1823-91) and Emily Ellsworth Fowler Ford (1826-93). On his mother's side he was a great grandson of Noah Webster. As a child Ford suffered a spinal injury which gravely stunted his growth. Born into a bookish family and surrounded by his father's vast library of Americana, he acquired at an early age a taste for learning and scholarship.

From his first publication, (1876) a Webster genealogy printed on his own printing press, Ford went on to edit or publish a large oeuvre of scholarly and bibliographical publications in the field of Americana including editions of the writings of John Dickinson and Thomas Jefferson, bibliographies of Hamilton and Jefferson, and biographical studies of Washington and Franklin. Many of his works were privately printed by the Historical Printing Club of Brooklyn which he formed in association with his brother, Worthington Chauncey Ford (1858-1941).

In his late `twenties Ford turned to fiction where he achieved considerable popularity as a novelist especially for his novel The Honorable Peter Stirling (1894) which dealt with the political morés in New York during the Cleveland era. Ford also wrote several plays one of which was produced on the stage.

For many years Ford was associated with Richard Rogers Bowker in the editing of The Library Journal. In 1900 he married Grace Kidder of a socially prominent Brooklyn family. His life was ended tragically when his brother Malcom, in a fit of insane jealousy, shot him dead in his study before taking his own life.

From the guide to the Paul Leicester Ford papers, 1869-1902, 1885-1895, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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creatorOf Brown, Alexander, 1843-1906. Autograph letter signed : Norwood, Nelson County, Va., to Paul L. Ford, 1889 June 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Paul Leicester Ford papers, ca. 1776-1902? Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf WInsor, Justin, 1831-1897. Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, Mass., to Paul Ford, 1887 Nov. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Janice Meredith : a dramatic version of Paul Leicester Ford's romantic revolutionary story : typescript, after 1899. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Papers : of Paul Leicester Ford, 1888-1905. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828. Quarrel between DeWitt Clinton and Jonathan Dayton : autograph letters and statement giving the history and settlement for averting a duel, 1803-1884. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Nelson, William, 1847-1914. Manuscript collection, 1690-1875 New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Norton family. Letters received by the Norton family, 1830-1920 Houghton Library
creatorOf Ford, Emily Fowler, 1826-1893. Emily Fowler Ford papers, 1837-1898. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Bangs, John Kendrick, 1862-1922. Letters to Margaret Sutton Briscoe Hopkins [manuscript] 1895-1904. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Clark, Thomas Frederic, 1845-. A Social success : a domestic comedy in four acts : manuscript, [1883-1900]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Emily Ellsworth Ford Skeel papers, 1871-1958 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Letter, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Paul Leicester Ford papers, 1869-1902, 1885-1895 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIg, 1887-1891 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Paul Leicester Ford letter, 1890. Library of Congress
creatorOf Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941. Worthington Chauncey Ford papers, 1858-1938, bulk (1880-1925). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Paul Leicester Ford letters, 1890. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Letters to Albert Rosenthal, 1885-1936 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Emily Fowler Ford papers, 1744-1893 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Paul Leicester Ford letters received, 1890-1891. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Page, Walter Hines, 1855-1918, recipient. Letters from various correspondents, American period, 1876-1937 Houghton Library
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. Edward Everett : autograph manuscript signed, 1862 Apr. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. New England primer papers, 1893-1897. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Papers, 1891-1893. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Elements of commerce and theory of taxes, 1755 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Letter, 1902 Jan. 20, New York, [to] Lindsay Swift, Public Library, Boston. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
creatorOf Century Company. Century Company records, 1870-1924. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Library. Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection. 1668-1983. American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Theophilus C. Callicot papers, 1864-1889 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Autograph File, F, 1447-1994. Houghton Library
creatorOf Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941. Letter to Paul [Leicester Ford]. [s.l.]. [18--?] University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Letters, 1898, Brooklyn, to Worthington Chauncey Ford. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941. Letter to Paul [Leicester Ford]. [Washington, DC.]. 1889 Jan. 19. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Adams, Henry, 1838-1918. Autograph letter signed : [Washington, D.C.], to Paul L. Ford, 1887 Oct. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf American Historical Association. Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1884-1909. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Correspondence, 1843-1911 Houghton Library
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Paul Leicester Ford papers, ca. 1776-1902? Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Page, Walter Hines, 1855-1918, recipient. Letters from various correspondents, American period, 1876-1937 Houghton Library
referencedIn Henry Adams papers, 1871-1938 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Souvenir programs of theatrical productions, 1883-1965. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960. Additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Letter to Mead. Brooklyn, NY. [189-] Dec. 19. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Letter to Mr Dreer [?]. Brooklyn, NY. [18]94 Apr. 5. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIj, 1898-1988 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Letter, June 30, New York, to Mr. Thomas, New York / Paul Leicester Ford. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902,. Autograph letters signed from Paul Leicester Ford to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1891-1895. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Poe Memorial Association. Correspondence of the Poe Memorial Association [manuscript], 1899-1911. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Papers of Thomas Jefferson and the Randolph family, 1784-1918. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Woodberry, George Edward, 1855-1930. Correspondence and compositions, 1859-1930. Houghton Library
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. ALS, 1890 May 30-[31], New York, to Worthington Chauncey Ford. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Worthington Chauncey Ford papers, 1858-1938, 1880-1925 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Thomas Coffin Amory letter to Paul L. Ford, 1888 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Wilberforce Eames papers, 1850-1937, 1900-1937 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn William Carey Jones papers, 1834-1923, bulk 1884-1923 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Skeel, Emily Ford, 1867-1958. Emily Ford Skeel papers, 1871-1958. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Jones, William Carey, 1854-1923. William Carey Jones papers, 1834-1923 (bulk 1884-1923). UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902. Typed letter signed : Brooklyn, New York, to [George Haven] Putnam, 189? May 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ford, Gordon Lester, 1823-1891. Ford autograph collection, 1589-1898, bulk (1750-1890). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Paul Leicester Ford Letter, 1880 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Poe Memorial Association. Correspondence of the Poe Memorial Association, 1899-1901. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ford, Emily Ellsworth (Fowler), 1826-1893. Rosalie Ford Barr papers, 1885-1954 (bulk 1898-1909). University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1874-1920 and undated. Houghton Library
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Publishers and publishing--History
Authors, American--19th century--Archives
Historians
History--Research
Publishers and publishing--New York (State)--New York
Theater--Production and direction
Readers (Primary)
Bibliography
Income tax--History
Fiction--Technique
Male authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
Journalism--Editing
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Birth 1865-03-23

Death 1902-05-08

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