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NY> RI, Henry Harrison FAY,1835-1897
Henry Harrison FAY, educator, was born in New Paltz, Ulster County, NY, 5 Apr 1835; son of Rev. Dr. Eliphaz & Mary Helen (LEE) Fay, and a descendant on the paternal side from Samuel MORSE, who came from England to New England in 1635, and on the maternal side from [p 58] John LEE, who came from Essex county, England, in 1634. His father, Eliphaz FAY, was president of Watervilla College, afterward Colby University, 1841-44. Henry was an honorary graduate from the University of Rochester in 1857, and received the degree of A.M. [M. A.] from that institution in 1859. He took up his residence in Newport in 1854, and there established his school for boys, which became one of the most prominent college preparatory schools in America. During the period of the civil war, aside from his regular school duties, he prepared a large number of young men to enter the US naval academy. His success was so marked that the Secretary of the Navy made a personal recognition of the fact. The school continued under his management until he retired in 1875. He was a delegate to the Republican national conventions at Baltimore, in 1864, and Philadelphia in 1872. He was appointed by President Grant a member of the board of visitors to the US military academy in 1875. He was one of the original members of the board of state charities and correction; a member of the Rhode Island general assembly, 1875-80; lieutenant-governor of the state, 1880-84; again a member of the general assembly, 1884-85, and in that body was the chairman of the committee on education, and a member of the finance committee. He was a member of the school board; superintendent of the public schools of Newport; a director in the Redwood library, 1874-97, and vice president of the library, 1885-97. He was postmaster of Newport, 1889-93, and a director of the First National bank for twenty years. He was a frequent contributor to the press on educational, literary and political subjects. He was married in 1864, to Ida [GARLAND], daughter of William and Mary Alexandria (JONES) GARLAND of Baltimore MD. He died in Newport, RI, 8 September 1897.
20th Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Vol IV p 57-58
Posted 14 May 2000