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FLOWER, Frank Abial, author, born in Cottage, Cattaraugus County, New York, 11 May 1854. He was educated at the Towanda union and Fredonia normal schools, learning the printer's trade at the same time. Subsequently he settled in Wisconsin, where for several years he edited a newspaper. In 1883 he was appointed commissioner of labor and industrial statistics, and reappointed in 1885. His reports in this connection have received favorable comment, He has also held other appointments, and is curator of the Wisconsin state historical society. Mr. Flower is the author of several local histories, and has published "Old Abe, the Wisconsin War Eagle" (Milwaukee, 1880); "Life of Matthew H. Carpenter" (Madison, 1883); and a "History of the Republican Party" (Springfield, 1884).
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