Major George Rainsford Fairbanks, the first president of the Florida Historical Society, whose likeness appears in this number, died at his summer home in Sewanee, Tennessee, on the third day of August, 1906, in the eighty-seventh year of his age. He was born in Watertown, New York, on July 5, 1820. At the age of nineteen, he graduated from the Union College, Schenectady, with the degree of B. A. Later he received the degree of M. A. from his alma mater, and the same degree from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. At the age of twenty-two he was admitted to the bar of New York, and the same year (1842) he came to Florida, settling in St. Augustine, where he entered upon the practice of his profession. For some years he filled the position of clerk of the Superior Court of the Territory, and afterwards the United States District Court. He was a member of the State Senate from 1846 to 1848.
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"Major George Rainsford Fairbanks,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 1:
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