Janet Ayer Fairbank

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Janet Ayer Fairbank (June 7, 1878 – December 28, 1951) was an American author and suffragette, socially and politically active in Chicago and a champion of progressive causes. She attended the University of Chicago and in 1900 married the lawyer Kellogg Fairbank, the son of industrialist N. K. Fairbank. They had three children including the operatic singer Janet Fairbank (1903–1947).[1]

She was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Illinois in 1924 and 1932.[2]

She was the older sister of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Margaret Ayer Barnes.


  • Home (1910)
  • The Cortlandts of Washington Square (1923)
  • The Smiths (1925) (runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize)
  • Idle Hands (1927) (short stories)
  • The Lion's Den (1930)
  • The Bright Land (1932)
  • Rich Man, Poor Man (1936)