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FORD, Gordon Lester, lawyer, born in Lebanon, Connecticut, 16 December 1823. He removed to New York City in 1835, studied law in that City, and was admitted to practice in 1850. In 1852 he was chosen president of the New London, Willimantic, and Palmer Railroad Company. In 1869 he received the appointment of collector of U. S. internal revenue in Brooklyn, N. Y. From 1873 till 1881 he was the business manager of the New York "Tribune," and in 1883 became president of the Brooklyn, Flatbush, and Coney Island railroad.
His wife, Emily Ellsworth Ford, author, born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, 26 August 1826, is a daughter of Professor William C. Fowler. She has published, besides poems, stories, and essays, a volume of verses entitled "My Recreationg" (New York, 1872). A later volume was printed privately.
Their son, Worthington Chauncey Ford, author, born in Brooklyn, New York, 16 February 1858, prepared a revised edition of Wells's "Natural Philosophy," compiled the " American Citizen's Manual " (New York, 1883), and has published "The Standard Silver Dollar" (1884) and other economic tracts. For a year and a half he was a member of the editorial staff of the New York "Herald." In September 1885, he became chief of the bureau of statistics in the department of state at Washington, D. C.
Another son, Paul Leicester Ford, born in Brooklyn, New York, 23 March 1865, has published a bibliography of the works written by and relating to Alexander Hamilton (Brooklyn, 1887), and a volume on the genealogy of his great grandfather, Noah Webster.
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