Frederick Albion Ober

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Frederick Albion Ober was born in 1849 in Beverly, Massachusetts, to a relatively impoverished branch of the Ober family, probably originally Huguenots (Aubert). Frederick Ober had little formal education. At 14 he learned the shoemaker's trade, traditional winter occupation of the fishermen of Beverly; at 18 he was working in a drug store; at 21 he was in business with his father. However, his passion was ornithology. As a teenager he taught himself taxidermy, collected and classified nearly all the birds of New England, and attracted the attention of Alexander Agassiz, the distinguished biologist from Harvard.

In 1871, after the early death of his first wife, Ober abandoned business and went on a major expedition to Florida t…

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Hulme, Peter. "Frederick Albion Ober". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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