Paul Leicester Ford

Paul Leicester Ford

Birth
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 8 May 1902 (aged 37)
New York, USA
Burial Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 24405176 · View Source
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An American novelist and biographer. He was the great-grandson (through his mother's family) of Noah Webster and the brother of the noted historian Worthington C. Ford. He wrote about the lives of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and others, edited the works of Thomas Jefferson, and wrote a number of novels, which had considerable success, including The Honorable Peter Stirling (1894), Story of an Untold Love, Janice Meredith, Wanted a Matchmaker, and Wanted a Chaperon. He was murdered by his brother, Malcolm Webster Ford, at one time the most famous amateur athlete in the United States, who then committed suicide. Owing to a spinal injury suffered in early youth, Ford was never able to attend school. Instead, Rosalie, his sister, tutored him in English, French, Greek, and American History. After three years, this arrangement ended due to Rosalie's marriage, and Ford began educating himself in the world-renowned library belonging to his father, Gordon Lester Ford. Housed within their residence were some 100,000 books and 60,000 manuscripts, dealing mainly with colonial and revolutionary American history.
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KILLED BY BROTHER
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Author of “Janice Meredith” Shot at his Desk.
New York, May 10 – Paul Leicester Ford, the novelist, was shot and killed by his brother, Malcolm Webster Ford, writer and athlete, who immediately sent a bullet into his own breast, dying instantly. The shooting occurred in the handsome new mansion which Paul Leicester Ford had built at 37 East Seventy-seventh street and had occupied for about a year. At the time of the shooting those in the house besides the two brothers were Mrs. Paul Leicester Ford, Miss Elizabeth R. Hall, the novelist’s secretary, and the servants. The novelist was sitting at his desk in one corner of the library. It is supposed he was engaged at some literary work. Miss Hall was at her desk in another corner of the same room. Mrs. Paul Leicester Ford was in her room. Malcolm W. Ford called, as he had often done, and went to his brother at his desk. Words were exchanged in a tone so low that Miss Hall could not hear what was said, though she was not paying attention to the incident. Suddenly there was a revolver shot, and Miss Hall darted from the room. Then, according to the state – that she must act more bravely, and re-entered the library. Meanwhile, Malcolm Ford had called her. As she turned towards him he placed his revolver to his heart, fired and fell, dying instantly. When Miss Hall turned to look at Paul Ford he still was standing at his desk, but rapidly losing strength. She helped him to a sofa, and then ran next door for his physician, Dr. Emanuel Baruch. In less than five minutes Dr. Baruch arrived, and the dying man, still conscious, was carried up to a room beside his office and placed on his bed. He spoke to his wife and asked the doctor for his opinion, showing that he expected death and was going to meet it calmly and bravely. A few moments later, about 20 minutes after he was shot, he died. Information makes it appear that Malcolm Ford called to get money from his brother, and meeting with a refusal, shot him. Dr. Baruch said that the murder was a result of temporary mental aberration on the part of Malcolm Ford, due to nervous exhaustion.
~ The Rome Citizen of New York, 13 May 1902


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  • Created by: Linda Applegate Brown
  • Added: 4 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24405176
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Leicester Ford (23 Mar 1865–8 May 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24405176, citing Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Linda Applegate Brown (contributor 46791676) .