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 Fletcher Charles Ransom  (1870 - 1943)

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Lived/Active: New York/Michigan      Known for: magazine illustration, commercial art, portrait commissions

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Forgotten Heroes; Captain Taylor, Troop C, 9th Calvary, Leading a Charge up the San Juan Hill in the Battle of Cuba, 1898
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Following is a biography submitted by a great nephew of this artist:

Fletcher Ransom was my great uncle. My uncle, Dr. William Heatley, recently updated the "Ransom Family of America," a genealogical history. William Heatley was Fletcher Ransom's nephew. The following is the entry from the book, which I have left inedited, except to delete the names of some of the private owners of some of his paintings. The book also contains several pictures of him, his family and his paintings:

Fletcher Charles Ransom. b. October 23, 1870 at Alamo, Michigan, son of Caroline Hydorn and John Noyes Ransom. Married Jessamine McDonald, daughter of William H. McDonald, at Providence, R.I. on Thursday, June 29, 1899. Jessamine was an opera singer. Fletcher died May 2, 1943 at Plainwell, MI and is interred in the family plot in Alamo Cemetery.

Fletcher Charles Ransom, the oldest of four children, had a sense of humor that was shared by his siblings. This seems to be a family trait and is reflected in photographs. He received his early education in the Kalamazoo school system, and performed chores on the farm that was their home. The farm had been the homestead of their grandparents, Fletcher Farnsworth Ransom and Elizabeth Noyes Ransom.

His artistic ability was recognized early and paved the way for his education at the Art Institute of Chicago and thereafter, the Academy of Fine Art in New York City. Living quarters were shared for a time with the notable Cy Young, in Greenwich Village. Fletcher may be considered one of America's finest artists and yet one of those least known.

Fletcher is listed in Who Was Who in American Art. Some of his works include the following: Commissioned Portraits, Magazine Illustrations: Youths Companion, Colliers, Woman's Home Companion. Books for David Graham Phillips, Osborn Co. New York Calendars: Brown & Bigelow Co., Joliet, Illinois; Gerlach-Barklow Co., New York, NY. Commissioned by the Chicago & Midland & Illinois Railroad Company to paint twenty portraits of Abraham Lincoln's life. He completed fourteen of these before his death. The majority of the Lincoln portraits are currently exhibited at the executive offices of the railroad in Springfield, Illinois.

Some known locations of Fletcher's work are Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles California; the old Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.; the Elks Club, Joliet, Illinois; the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, Indiana; the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Alamo Township Museum, Alamo, Michigan; Charles A. Ransom Library, Plainwell, Michigan.

Fletcher and Jessamine lived in New York for a number of years before relocating to Joliet, Illinois. After some years he removed to Plainwell, Michigan, living with his sister Fannie and continuing with his work, in addition to lending a hand at the homestead, until his death.

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