Frank Bestow Wiborg

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Frank Bestow Wiborg
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Wiborg circa 1900
Born (1855-04-30)April 30, 1855
Cleveland, Ohio
Died May 12, 1930(1930-05-12) (aged 75)
Park Avenue
New York City
Education Chickering Institute
Known for Ault & Wiborg
Spouse(s) Adaline Moulton Sherman (m. 1859–1917)
Partner(s) Levi Addison Ault
Children Mary Hoyt Wiborg
Sara Sherman Wiborg
Olga Wiborg
Parent(s) Henry Paulinus Wiborg

Frank Bestow Wiborg (April 30, 1855 - May 12, 1930) of Cincinnati with Levi Addison Ault created the ink manufacturer, Ault & Wiborg Company. [1]


He was born on April 30, 1855 to Henry Paulinus Wiborg, a Norwegian immigrant, and Susan Isidora Bestow.[2] He attended the Chickering Scientific and Classical Institute, and graduated in 1874. He worked for Levi Addison Ault to pay his way through school.[3]

He married Adeline Moulton Sherman (1859-1917), the daughter of Hoyt Sherman in 1882. Together they had three daughters: Mary Hoyt Wiborg, Sara Sherman Wiborg, and Olga Wiborg (1890-1937). Olga Wiborg married Sidney Webster Fish, the son of Stuyvesant Fish on September 18, 1915 in St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Easthampton, New York.[4] On December 30, 1915 Sara married Gerald Murphy.[5] He was later the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Labor.[6]

He died of pneumonia at his home at 756 Park Avenue in New York City on May 12, 1930.[7][8]


  • The Travels of an Unofficial Attaché (Privately printed, 1904)
  • A Commercial Traveller in South America (New York: McClure, Phillips & Co. 1905)
  • Printing Ink: A History with a Treatise on Modern Methods of Manufacture and Use (New York and London: Harper, 1926)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ault & Wiborg Co., Cincinnati, Ohio". Colorants Industry History. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ Drammensfamilien Wiborg by Terje Gudbrandson. Oslo: Reidar Wiborg Jr., 1971
  3. ^ "Ault & Wiborg Co., Cincinnati, Ohio". Colorants Industry History. Retrieved 2008-12-08. Frank Bestow Wiborg, had been born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1855, the son of Henry P. Wiborg, a Norwegian immigrant. He left home to seek his fortune and found his way to Cincinnati, where he was admitted to the Chickering Institute, a select college preparatory academy emphasizing the classics and sciences. Wiborg graduated in 1874, paying his way by peddling newspapers, and got work as a salesman for Levi Ault, impressing him with his abilities. 
  4. ^ "Ms. Wiborg a Bride". Washington Post. September 19, 1915. Retrieved 2008-12-08. Marries Sidney Webster Fish at East Hampton, L.I. Big Wedding Avoided Because of Recent Death of Bridegroom's Mother, Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish. Motion Pictures Taken of Party. After Breakfast and Dancing Couple Start on a Cruise. Miss Olga Wiborg, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Wiborg, of New York, previously of Cincinnati, and Sidney Webster Fish, youngest son of Stuyvesant Fish, of Garrison and New York city, were married here today in St. Luke's Episcopal Church. 
  5. ^ "The History of 40 Fifth Avenue". New York Times. 1998. Retrieved 2008-12-08. On Dec. 30, 1915, Wiborg's daughter Sara was married in the bay-windowed drawing room of No. 40 to her secret sweetheart of five years' standing, Gerald Murphy. Gerald and Sara Murphy later moved to France, where they were the center of a glittering circle of Europeans and American expatriates and gained fame as the models for Dick and Nicole Diver in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night. 
  6. ^ "Wife of ex-Government Official Pleads Not Guilty to Smuggling Charge." (PDF). New York Times. September 28, 1913. Retrieved 2008-12-08. Mrs. A.S. Wiborg, wife of Frank B. Wiborg, ex-Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Labor, has been indicted in the Federal District Court on two counts for smuggling. She appeared yesterday in court and through her counsel, John B. Stanchfield, entered a plea of not guilty. 
  7. ^ "Frank B. Wiborg Dies Of Pneumonia. Founded Ink Concern and Established Branches AllOver World. Overcame Many Setbacks. Wrote Books Based on Observations In Business and Travels". New York Times. May 13, 1930. Retrieved 2011-11-20. Frank B. Wiborg, last survivor of the Ault Wiborg Company, ink manufacturers, died yesterday afternoon at his home, 756 Park Avenue, from pneumonia, at the age of 75. He became ill last Thursday. 
  8. ^ "Wiborg Funeral Saturday". New York Times. May 14, 1930. Funeral services for Frank B. Wiborg, ink manufacturer, who died on Monday at his home, 756 Park Avenue, in his seventy-sixth year, will be conducted at his home at 10 A. M. on Saturday by the Rev. Dr. Russell Bourne, rector of the Church of the Resurrection. A special train will leave the Pennsylvania Station at 11 A. M. for East Hampton, L. I., where a service will be held in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, of which Mr. Wiborg was a member. Burial will be in the East Hampton Cemetery, where Mrs. Wiborg was buried in 1917.