Biography of Fred D. Van Amburgh
Broome County, NY Biographies





FRED DEWITT VAN AMBURGH - On a farm five miles east of the city of Binghamton, New York, is the permanent home of Fred DeWitt Van Amburgh. His place of business is located at No. 200 Fifth avenue, New York City. Some of the work that Mr. Van Amburgh has done for years has been on the quiet farm, but most of his work has been done in the collision of the greatest city of the world, New York. All of his writing is done after paying his own pay roll philosophy that is practical, workable. In the country and in the city he has shaped the messages of inspiration, good will and good cheer, which "The Silent Partner" carries each month to thousands of subscribers throughout the country. Mr. Van Amburgh's career as a publisher and writer extends over a period of some thirtyfive years and during that time his books and his magazines have reached a large and appreciative public.

Born in Newburgh, New York, April 5, 1866, son of John and Lucy (Early) Van Amburgh, Fred DeWitt Van Amburgh received a practical education in the public schools of Brooklyn, New York, and then entered railroad employ, in which line he continued until he was twenty one years of age. He then, on May 2, 1888, began his publishing career in the little town of Chenango Forks, and for five years he was the publisher of the Broome county "Herald," a village weekly. In 1893 he became interested, as one of the owners, in the Binghamton "Evening Herald," but two years later he severed his connection with that newssheet in order to become the publisher of the Binghamton "Saturday Post," an illustrated weekly. In 1911 Mr. Van Amburgh began publishing "The Silent Partner," a monthly magazine of inspiration and human interest, and during the twelve years which have passed since that time, the circulation of the friendly little magazine has steadily increased. The magazine has grown too, and at the present time (1923) has a national circulation. In addition to his activities as newspaper and magazine publisher and his writing for these publications, he has found time to become the author of five books, all inspirational in character: "The Silent Partner Scrap Book," "By the Side of the Road," "The Buck Up Book," "Just Common Sense," and "The Mental Spark Plug." Ho has also found time for platform work and one of his lectures "How to Fail" has been delivered more than six hundred times. Fraternally Mr. Van Amburgh is affiliated with Otseningo Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and with Kalurah Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, both of Binghamton, New York. He is also a member of the Rotary Club, of New York, and past district governor of New York and New Jersey for the International Rotary, and a member of the Aldine Club, of New York. His religious affiliation is with, the Methodist church.

Fred DeWitt Van Amburgh married Carrie Seeber, on December 24, 1886, at Chenango Forks, New York, daughter of James D. and Mary (Sarineer) Seeber. Mr. and Mrs. Van Ainburgh have no children.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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