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Francis Ball FAY
Francis Ball FAY, representative, was born in Southborough, MA, 12 June 1793. He was a market man in Boston, 1812-17, and a merchant in Southborough, 1817-31. He served as postmaster and town treasurer of Southborough, 1817-21; was deputy sheriff of Worcester county, 1824-30; was a state representative, 1830-31, 1834-36 and 1840, and a state senator, 1843-45 and 1868. In 1831 he removed to Chelsea, where he bought the first ferry boats running between that place and Boston. In 1852 he was elected a Whig representative in the 32d congress to fill a vacancy, serving till 3 March 1853. He was the first mayor of Chelsea in 1857, declining re-election. In 1851 he endowed the FAY free library at Southborough, MA, later was one of the founders of the State industrial school for girls at Lancaster, MA, and was connected with the latter institution as commissioner, trustee and treasurer, 1854-64. In 1858 he removed to South Lancaster, MA, where he died 6 October 1876.
20th Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Vol IV
Posted 4 May 2000