William Farquhar Payson

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William Farquhar Payson (18 February 1876 - 1939) was an American author. He was born in New York city, February 18, 1876, the son of Francis and Mary F. (Dabney) Payson and grandson of John Larkin and Frances (Lithgow) Payson, and of Charles Henry and Ellen M. (Jones) Dabney, and a descendant of Edward Payson[1] (1614–1675). He received his preparatory education in England and in New York city; was a student at Columbia University, 1892–93, and in 1893 engaged in journalism. From 1893 to 1895, he was on the editorial staff of the New York Times, and managing editor of Vogue, 1895–97, after which he made his home in Bristol, Rhode Island, and gave his attention to literary work. He was married, October 27, 1897, to Mary F. King, daughter of Charles G. King of Providence, Rhode Island. He died in 1939.


  • The Copymaker, 1897
  • The Title-Mongers, 1898
  • John Vytal; a Tale of the Lost Colony, 1901
  • The Triumph of Life, 1903
  • Debonnaire, 1904
  • Barry Gordon, 1908
  • Periwinkle; an Idyl of the Dunes, 1910
  • Love Letters of a Divorced Couple, 1915
  • Give Me Tomorrow, 1935


  1. ^ Edward Payson came to America with other Puritans from Nazing, Essex, England, and settled at Roxbury, Massachusetts, where he was admitted as a "freeman" in 1640.


  • Johnson & Brown. The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, The Biographical Society, 1904; VIII-16
  • William Farquhar Payson on IMDb