Ford, Gordon Lester, 1823-1891
type Collector
dates 1823-1891
city New York City
other citiesLebanon, CT;
sex M
history Gordon Lester Ford was a New York City lawyer, businessman (railroads, realestate, Brooklyn Daily Union), and collector. Ford served as the Treasurer of Brooklyn Art Association (1862–1891), which later became the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He served as president of the New London, Willimantic, and Palmer Railroad Company from 1852 to 1856.

Ford collected paintings, books, manuscripts, and Americana. He and his wife, Emily Ellsworth Fowler Ford (1826–1893), purchased work by the American Pre-Raphaelites including John William Hill.

At the time of his death, Ford donated his private library to the New York Public library.
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Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Gordon Lester Ford papers, 1828-1889.
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New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Rm 328
Gordon Lester Ford papers, 1830-1910, bulk (1850-1869) (MssCol 1040) see details...