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Downey, Fairfax, 1893-1990



  • Existence: 1893 - 1990

Fairfax Downey was born in 1893. He graduated from Yale, where he was an editor of campus humor magazine "The Yale Record." After college, he served in the U.S. Army as a captain of the 12th Field Artillery in World War 1 and was a recipient of the Silver Star for gallantry during the Battle of Belleau Wood. During the Second World War he served in North Africa, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Downey worked as a newspaper reporter in Kansas City and New York City and retired to West Springfield, New Hampshire in the 1950s. Downey wrote biographies of Richard Harding Davis, Charles Dana Gibson, and Richard Francis Burton. His books on history and military history included "Our Lusty Forefathers," (1947), "Sound of the Guns" (1956), and "Storming of the Gateway" (1960). He died in 1990.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Fairfax Downing papers

Identifier: MS-477
Overview Fairfax Downey (1893-1990), writer. The collection contains material for a biography of Sylvanus Thayer.