Lester Alphonso Gillette was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 5th, 1855. Little is known of his earliest years. He married Ida S. Carlson in Galesburg, Illinois in 1876, after which the couple moved to San Francisco, California. Gillette studied painting in his spare time for four years at the California School of Design then continued training under Thomas Hill and Virgil Williams in San Francisco. He also studied with Birge Harrison in Woodstock, New York, Mitchell Jacobs in New York City, George Elmer Browne in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and John F. Carlson in Colorado Springs. He also was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago and a pupil of William Merritt Chase.
Gillette lived in Riley, Kans
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