Fiske Warren

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Fiske Warren of Beacon Hill, Boston
Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel, 1903, John Singer Sargent (Museum of Fine Arts (Boston))

Frederick Fiske Warren (2 July 1862 – 2 February 1938) was a successful paper manufacturer, fine arts doyen, United States tennis champion of 1893, and major supporter of Henry George's single tax system which he helped develop in Harvard, Massachusetts, United States, in the 1930s. Fiske Warren established Georgist single-tax colonies and a social experiment in Andorra to disprove Malthus's population theory.[1]

Early life[edit]

Known throughout his life simply as "Fiske Warren," he was the son of Samuel Dennis Warren and Susan Cornelia (Clarke) Warren of Beacon Hill, Boston. His father was the owner of the S. D. Warren Paper Co. in Westbrook, Maine. Born in Waltham, Massachusetts, Fiske was raised in a mansion on 67 Mount Vernon Street[2] on Beacon Hill in Boston.[3] He had four siblings: Samuel Dennis Warren II (1852–1910), U.S. Attorney; Henry Clarke Warren (1854–1899), scholar of Sanskrit and Pali; Edward Perry Warren (1860–1928), collector of Warren cup and Cornelia Lyman Warren who was a philanthropist.[4] As part of a philanthropic and well educated family, the Warren brothers and sister all enjoyed tranquil childhoods growing up between the family homes in Boston and Waltham, also known as "Cedar Hill".[2] Fiske Warren was graduated from Harvard College in 1884. He operated the first "electric carriage" seen in Massachusetts in 1891.[5]

Married life[edit]

On 14 May 1891, he married Gretchen Osgood, daughter of Dr. Hamilton and Margaret Cushing (Pearmain) Osgood at Trinity Church in Boston. The Rev. Dr. Phillips Brooks performed the ceremony.[6] The Osgoods were a well-known Beacon Hill family that claimed a direct genealogical line to Anne Hutchinson and John Quincy Adams.[7] Their country house in Harvard, Massachusetts, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.


  1. ^ "American Single Taxers Invade Tiny Andorra" (PDF). The New York Times. April 16, 1916. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b "The Mount Vernon Street Warrens" Martin Green, Simon & Schuster, 1989 ISBN 0-684-19109-1, pp 36-37.
  3. ^ "The Mount Vernon Street Warrens" Martin Green, Simon & Schuster, 1989 ISBN 0-684-19109-1, pp 47-48.
  4. ^ Green, Martin Burgess (1989). The Mount Vernon Street Warrens : a Boston story, 1860-1910. Charles Scribner's Sons. Retrieved 4 January 2018.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ "Fiske Warren, 75, A Maker of Paper" (PDF). The New York Times. 2 Feb 1938.
  6. ^ "The Warren-Osgood Wedding.; Alliance Of Two Well-Known Boston Families" (PDF). The New York Times. 15 May 1891.
  7. ^ "Erskine Childers" Jim Ring, John Murray Publishing, London 1996 ISBN 0-7195-5681-3, p81.