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FAIRMAN, Gideon, engraver, born in Newtown, Connecticut, 26 June 1774; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 March 1827. He was apprenticed to a firm of jewelers and engravers in Albany, and in 1810 settled in Philadelphia as one of a firm of banknote engravers. In the war of 1812 he entered the army as captain, and rose to a colonelcy. In 1819 he became a partner with Jacob Perkins, and went to England where he resided and conducted the engraving business for three years, and then returned to Philadelphia. He contributed much toward the elevation of the art of engraving in the United States. His brother, David Fairman (1782 - 1815), and Richard Fairman (1787 - 1821), were also engravers.
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