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 Sylvester A. Farr

Sylvester A. Farr

Birth
Death 28 Mar 1892
Burial Blissfield, Lenawee County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 86862244 · View Source
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Aged 82 yrs. Sylvester married Julia Alexander. Children: Eleanor who married Frederick Bay, Laura, George Alexander, Frances, Mary, and Washington.

Memoir of George Alexander Farr
History of the University of Michigan 210

George Alexander Farr was born in Niagara County, New York, July 27, 1842, son of Sylvester Archibald and Julia (Alexander) Farr. He is of English ancestry on his father's side, and of Scotch on his mother's. His early life was spent in a limited attendance at the public schools of Michigan, and in work upon the farm as a means of livelihood. He was but nineteen at the outbreak of the Civil War, but volunteered his services to the Government, enlisting for the ninety days' service in 1861 in the First Michigan Infantry. At the expiration of this period he went into the regular service, assigned to Battery M, Fourth United States Artillery, with which command he was connected until mustered out as First Sergeant, April 10, 1865. Upon returning to civil life he engaged in teaching, at the same time preparing for the Michigan Agricultural College, which he entered and from which he was graduated Bachelor of Science in 1870. He took up the study of the law and was admitted to the Bar at Monroe, Michigan, March 30, 1873. He then removed to Grand Haven, Michigan, where he has since continued in the practice of his profession. He was a State senator from 1879 to 1883. From 1885 to 1891 he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Northern Michigan Asylum. He was Collector of Customs for the district of Michigan from 1897 to 1901. January 11, 1896, he was appointed Regent of the University for the full term in place of Charles H. Hackley, who had been elected to the position but who had failed to qualify. He was regular in attendance upon the meetings of the Board, and as chairman of the Committee on the Law Department and of the Committee on Finance rendered important service to the University. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and of the Michigan Bar Association. He was married, September 24, 1879, at Stowe, Vermont, to Sue C. Slayton, and they have seven children: Frances Indiana (A. B. 1902), George A., Natalia S., Millison, Leslie S., Carrie E., and Sue.


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  • Created by: Leta Knauss
  • Added: 16 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86862244
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvester A. Farr (unknown–28 Mar 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86862244, citing Pleasant View Cemetery, Blissfield, Lenawee County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Leta Knauss (contributor 47313972) .