John Lupia submitted the following information from the online draft of his book of numismatic biographies for this week's installment of his series. Thanks! As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This week's subject is collector A. L. Fisher. -Editor
Dr. Albert Leroy Fisher (1845-1918), was born in Bristol, Ontario County, New York, the last of eight children, on August 1845, son of Jeremiah Fisher (1799-1861), a veterinarian and Altha Wilson Fisher (1804-1867). His family traces their ancestry to Anthony Fisher who came to Dedham, Massachusetts from Norfolk, England in 1637. His grandfather Nathaniel served in the Revolutionary War.
He was raised at Bristol. He attended East Bloomfield Academy. His favorite pastime was hunting a sport in which he won many awards and medals. He began to develop an interest in numismatics about 1890 or 1891.
In 1871, he graduated the Hahnemann Medical School, Philadelphia.
He sometimes signed his name A. Leroy Fisher but in numismatics he was generally referred to as A. L. Fisher.
Fisher became a physician and specialized as a pediatrician.
He served as Vice President of the Elkhart County Historical Society.
He joined the ANA in February 1893, and became Member No. 130. During the renumbered he then becameANA Member No. 46.
He attended the ANA 1893 Convention held at the Chicago World's Fair.
There are numerous specimens of correspondence from Fisher to the Chapman Brothers found in the Lupia Numismatic Library. From these we learn he was a steady client of the Chapman Brothers with regular purchases that average about $11 each. His conservative buying habits reflect the C+ rating of his November 8, 1907 coin auction sale given him by John Adams.
From 1894 to 1904 he served as the Treasurer of the ANA.
At the ANA Annual Convention held at Detroit he read a paper "A Novice Among the Coins".
In March 1899, he advertised in The Numismatist that the was looking for the best 1804 cent that $15 could buy.
He consigned his coin collection to Ben G. Green, to be sold at auction on November 8, 1907.
He died of cerebral hemorrhage on April 23, 1918. He was cremated and his urn placed in Gracelawn Cemetery, Elkhart.
Catalogue of the Choice and Valuable Collection of Rare Old Pistols and Guns Formed by the Late Dr. A. L. Fisher of Elkhart, Indiana: Also a Collection of Old American Lamps and Other Antiques, Etc.; To Be Sold at Auction Tuesday Morning and Afternoon, July 23rd, 1918. Nos. 1 to 321 of this catalogue, being Dr. Fisher's collection, were catalogued by Mr. W. A. Lawrence, of Elkhart, Indiana.
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