Biography of Jesse B. Fay
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JESSE BYRON FAY is senior member of the firm of Fay, Oberlin & Fay, representative patent attorneys in the City of Cleveland, and he has prestige as one of the veteran members of the bar of the Ohio metropolis, where he has been engaged in the practice of his profession nearly forty years.

Mr. Fay was born at Sandusky, Ohio, September 8, 1860, and is son of the late Byron and Eliza Ada (Williams) Fay, whose marriage was solemnized in the year 1859. Byron Fay was born at Plattsburg, New York, February 6, 1828, and his wife was born at Carbondale, Pennsylvania, June 28, 1834, a daughter of Jesse and Eliza Maria (Johnson) Williams. Byron Fay gained his early education in the schools of his native place, and at the age of sixteen years he went to Canandaigua, New York, where he took a position in the drug store of one of his uncles. He learned the business thoroughly, and eventually he came to Ohio and established himself in the drug business in the City of Sandusky. In 1867 he disposed of his business at that place and removed to Cleveland, where he engaged in the manufacture of inks and mucilage and developed a substantial and prosperous industrial and commercial enterprise. Both he and his wife passed the remainder of their lives in Cleveland, and both were devout members of the Euclid Avenue Congregational Church, in which he served as a deacon.

Jesse B. Fay was about six years old at the time of the family removal to Cleveland, and here he received his early education in the public schools, induding the high school. He was thereafter a student in Hamilton Col.lege, in the State of New York, and in preparation for his chosen profession he entered the law department of the great University of Michigan. He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1884, and in that year entered the general practice of law in Cleveland. Two years later he began to concentrate his activities in the domain of patent law, and for many years he has given exclusive attention to this special. department of practice, in which he has won authoritative position both at home and abroad. His first professional partnership was with Thomas B. Hall, and after the dissolving of the firm of Hall & Fay he was engaged in individual practice for a number of years. In 1912 he became senior member of the law firm of Fay & Oberlin, and later his two sons, Horace Byron and Thomas Hayes Fay, were admitted to the firm, the title of which has since been Fay, Oberlin & Fay. This firm controls a large and important law business in its special field of practice, and its standing is of the highest. Mr. Fay is a director of the Cleveland Trust Company and has other financial interests of important order. His hobby, a most worthy and engaging one, is summed up in his line farm and summer home on the shore of Lake Erie, twenty miles east of Cleveland, and on this ideal place he passes the summer months, vitalizing his physical forces and fortifying himself anew in generous optimistic concern of life and human destiny. He is a member of the Cleveland Patent Law Association, of which he was president in 1918-1919, and he is a member also of the Patent Law Association of Washington, D. C., the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Bar Association. He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, including Oriental Commandery of Knights Templar, and he holds membership in the Union and Willowwick clubs of Cleveland.

On the 26th of August, 1886, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Fay and Miss Mary A. Ford, who was born and reared in Cleveland and who is a daughter of the late Horace and Sarah Amelia (Dawes) Ford, who came to this city from Massachusetts and who here passed the remainder of their lives, they having been for many years residents of Cleveland. Mr. and Mrs. Fay have three children. Horace Byron, who was born May 26. 1888, received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Adelbert College of Western Reserve University, and thereafter took a special course in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Both he and his brother are now members of the patent law firm of Fay, Oberlin & Fay, as previously noted in this context. He married Miss Florence Keating, and they have three children: Horace Byron, Jr., Robert Jesse, and Mary Margaret. Thomas Hayes Fay, the second son, was born August 27, 1890, was graduated from the historic Virginia Military Institute, with the degree of Bachelor of Science, and thereafter completed a special post graduate course in the University of Wisconsin. He married Miss Ervilla Williver, and they have a daughter, Ervilla Williver Fay. Elizabeth, the only daughter of the subject of this review, is a graduate of the Woman's College of Western Reserve University, and is now the wife of James B. Miskell, of Cleveland.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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