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The migration of Frederick B. Fancher of Sacramento from the east towards the west is an interesting one. One peculiarity of this big trek is that at every point of the trail there as something eventful. He made his start in Orleans county, N.Y., his birthplace, in 1852, and his next place of appearance is the state of Michigan, with the date along in 1865. There he was educated, passing through the State Normal School at Ypsilanti. He was in Chicago in 1871, just before the big fire, and was engaged in fire underwriting. He was kept exceedingly busy for several years, as one in this occupation in that locality would likely be. In 1881 he was in North Dakota, where he followed farming. He not only handled his own farm but undertook the management of several thousand acres .of land for eastern parties. He organized and was made the president of a strong local insurance company, and continued in that office for six years. During the same period he was president of the board of trustees of the North Dakota Hospital for the Insane. In 1889 Mr. Fancher was elected a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, was chosen president of that body when it met and much credit is due its presiding officer for the excellent constitution it gave North Dakota. In 1894 he was nominated by the Republican State Convention for the office of Commissioner of Insurance, and was elected and on the expiration of his term he was re-elected. But the crowning honor of Mr. Fancher 's Dakota political life came when the State Republican Convention of that state iu 1898 unanimously nominated him for governor. He threw himself into the campaign with his customary fervor and was elected to that high office with a large majority. His administration was clean and the public interests were conserved during bis official term. He was renominated for the office, and under such favorable auspices that he would have been re-elected, if his health had not broken down. Chief Executive of one of the Dakotas is not an easy job and Governor Fancher was not physically equal to it. He declined to accept the renomination, selected his successor, and retired from public life, after twenty years of hard work in the upbuilding of the territory and state.

Mr. Fancher 's next and last appearance was in Sacramento, where he is secretary and treasurer of the American Cash Store. This was several years ago and since that time he has persisted in his determination to remain out of politics. The Lincoln-Roosevelt organization desired him to make the run for mayor of Sacramento, but Mr. Fancher declined, and his private business fully occupies his time and mind. The ex-governor of North Dakota has other qualities besides those mentioned. He is considered the premier toastmaster of the Capital, a fluent after-dinner speaker, and is hailed where good-fellowship reigns. His response to the toast "The Ladies," at the Commandery some years ago, is still remembered.

Mr. Fancher married, January 1, 1909, Miss Clemma Buck of Minneapolis, Minn. His Masonic affiliations are advanced and exceedingly fraternal. He has taken the thirty-second degree, is Past Eminent Commander of Wihaha Commandery, K. T., of James- town, N. D., and is a member of Bhie Lodge, Royal Arch and Consistory of Scottish Rite. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011