Monday, June 1, 2015

Lettering: Daniel T. Ames, Master Penman

1835, Vershire, Vermont – August 26, 1909, Mountain View, California

1860 United States Federal Census
Oswego, New York
Name / Age
Daniel T. Ames 23

1865 New York State Census
Syracuse, New York
Name / Age
Daniel Ames 29
Fanny Ames 24 (wife)
Florence Ames 2 (daughter)

Trow’s New York City Directory, 1871-’72
Ames Daniel T, college, 756 B’way, h L.I.

1880 United States Federal Census
543 Walnut Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey
Name / Age
Daniel T. Ames 44
Fannie L. Ames 39
Florence Ames 17
George Ames 13

Hill’s Album of Biography and Art, 1882

Hill’s Album of Biography and Art, 1882

Hill’s Album of Biography and Art, 1882

Hill’s Album of Biography and Art, 1890

Hill’s Album of Biography and Art, 1891

Ames’ Alphabets: Adapted to the Use of Architects, Engineers, Artists, Sign Painters, Draughtsmen, Etc.
Daniel T. Ames
W. T. Comstock, 1884 (5th Revised Edition)

Copartnership and Corporation Directory of New York City, 1889
Ames Daniel T. & Son (Daniel T. & George J. Ames) 206 B’way 

Penman’s Art Journal
November 1897
“The Fair Will Case.”

Penman’s Art Journal
May 1898
“Lecture by D. T. Ames”

Ainslee’s Magazine
September 1899
The Science of Handwriting

Ames on Forgery: Its Detection and Illustration, with Numerous Causes Célèbres
Daniel T. Ames
Ames-Rollinson Company, 1900

The Salt Lake Tribune
August 27, 1909
Daniel T. Ames, Noted Handwriting Expert, Dies

The San Francisco Call
August 27, 1909
Famous Expert in Handwriting Dies Aged 74

The San Francisco Chronicle
August 27, 1909
“Death Claims Daniel T. Ames” 
Handwriting Expert Passes Away at Mountain View Home. 
Mountain View, August 26.—Daniel T. Ames, who had won national prominence as a handwriting expert, and who had been retained in many celebrated cases both in the east and in California, died at his home in Mountain View at 5 o’clock this morning. 
Ames was 83 years old and his death was due to a general breaking down of his vital powers. He had been in an enfeebled condition for the last three years, a part of the time being confined to his room. He had been about the house on Sunday and had retired a little earlier than usual. When his wife followed him a little later she found him in a semi-conscious condition, and, although he recognized her, he did not rally. 
Born in Vermont, Ames became a student in chirography early in life and taught a school of penmanship for some time, coming into prominence later as a witness in celebrated cases where the authenticity of handwriting was disputed. One of the principal cases with which he was connected was that of the Morley [sic] letters, which purported to give President Garfield’s opinions on the Chinese labor question. He is also understood to have been called upon to examine several of the documents in the Dreyfus case. 
He came to California first in connection with the Fair will case and was later retained in the Davis will case, although the bulk of the work in that instance was done by other experts, and in the Botkin trial. He was the author of several works, among them being “Ames on Forgery.” 
He leaves a widow, a son and daughter living in Mountain View, two sisters at Branden, Vt., and two brothers at Clinton, Wis. The funeral will be held on Saturday from the family residence. The interment will be at Alta Mesa Cemetery.

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