Frederick Bartlett Fancher was born in New York, and lived there until the age of fifteen. He moved to Michigan with his parents and was educated at Michigan State Normal School at Ypsilanti. In 1871 he went into the insurance business at Chicago.Fancher came to North Dakota in 1881 and began a very large farming operation near Jamestown. He also ran an insurance company in Jamestown and served as president of the board of trustees of the State Hospital.Fancher was president of the 1889 constitutional convention. He organized the Alliance Hail Association, then ran for state insurance commissioner, serving two terms. While Fancher was governor, the twine and cordage plant was established at the state penitentiary.In 1901 Fancher moved to Sacramento, California, and operated a wholesale and retail grocery business until his retirement in 1925.
Governor Fancher's first political venture was in 1889 when he served as president of the Constitutional Convention.
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