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John Safford Fiske
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Birth: unknown
Ashtabula County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jun. 11, 1907, Italy

FISKE JOHN SAFFORD K 21 1907 Died at Alassio Italy 1907
John Safford Fiske was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, and had prepared for college at Williston Seminary, in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He entered Yale College in 1859 and graduated in 1863. He worked as a deputy clerk in the New York State Senate in Albany from 1863 to 1864, then spent 1865 as a private tutor with a family near New York City. In August 1867, Fiske applied for and was awarded the consul job in Scotland.

In October 1868, two Englishmen - Ernest Boulton and Frederick Park traveled to Edinburgh where they met the new United States consul. Mr. Fiske became enamored of the British Boulton, and when Boulton returned to London, fascinated Fiske attempted to sustain the romance by mail.

In June, when Fiske traveled to London to see the police, he was arrested and charged, along with Boulton, and six others, with conspiracy to commit buggery.

On June 24, John Safford Fiske, facing a scandalous upcoming court case, wrote to the United States Department of State, voluntarily resigning his post as consul, to avoid tarnishing that government office, though maintaining his innocence.

Almost a year later, on May 9, 1871, the case of The Queen v. Boulton and Others began before a jury guided by a famous English lord chief justice, Alexander Cockburn, and numbers of prominent attorneys.

The campish letters from the American, John Safford Fiske, were among the chief evidence offered of his and the others' involvement in an international conspiracy to commit buggery.

But there was no evidence against Fiske, just his acquaintance with Boulton, and a couple of letters.

In 1873, Fiske returned to the United States. In 1874, he again left the United States, living in Constantinople, Germany, and France. There, Fiske said, he took a house near Paris "with an English friend," a hint that Fiske perhaps found the lover for whom he yearned.

Fiske settled, finally, in 1882, in Alassio, on the Italian Riviera. Italy had a history as refuge for American and English men-loving men. During these years, Fiske published journalistic reports from Sweden, Russian, Germany, Turkey, Greece, and Italy in various newspapers, and he contributed cultural and political reports to The Nation in New York and the Princeton Review.

In 1893, Fiske reported on the Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. He also wrote articles for the Dictionary of Architecture, edited by a well-known architect, Russell Sturgis. Also, in 1893, Fiske lectured on art and architecture at Hobart College, in Geneva, New York, and in 1897 received an honorary degree from that institution.

In 1905, the fifty-five-year-old Fiske wrote from Alassio to his Yale classmates, summing up his life: "With advancing years I have gradually abandoned painting and even drawing"; now he divided his time between reading, writing, and horticulture. "I have a large and beautiful garden" in a region "where the rose blooms the whole winter," and, as he sold his flowers, the garden paid for itself.

When Fiske died in 1907, he left 4,000 books, cataloged in three large, carefully handwritten volumes, to Hobart College.

(John Safford Fiske Biography by Matt & Andrej Koymasky at 
Family links: 
  Isaac Hubbard Fiske (1811 - 1877)
  Mary Safford Fiske (1816 - 1876)
  John Safford Fiske (____ - 1907)
  Isaac Rockwell Fiske (1841 - 1912)*
  Mary Hubbard Fiske (1844 - 1931)*
*Calculated relationship
Isaac H. Fisk born Oct. 9,1811 Died Feb. 1, 1877; Mary Safford Wife of Isaac Fisk Born June 8,1816 Died Dec. 21,1876; John Sanfoord Son of Isaac and Mary S. Fiske Died Alassilo, Italy June 11,1907; Isaac Rockwell Son of Isaac and Mary S. Fiske Died Oct. 19,1912; Mary Hubbard Daughter of Isaac and Mary S. Fiske 1844-1931
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Brookside Cemetery
Jefferson County
New York, USA
Plot: K 21
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Record added: Aug 24, 2009
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