History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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FREDERIC BEASLEY VANDEGRIFT, son of Senator Charles S. VANDERGRIFT, was educated at the public schools of Philadelphia, and at Smiths' Commercial College, after which he entered the office of John W. HAMPTON, JR., custom house broker of Philadelphia, where he remained for eight years. He them entered into the business himself with offices in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago, and was also import freight agent. He continued to conduct the busi­ness of a custom house broker until his death. 1893, feeling the necessity of a technical knowledge of the law in the transaction of his business, he entered himself as a student at law in the office of William S. STANGER, Esq., in Phila­delphia, and was admitted and was admitted to practice in the United States courts in January, 1899, but died on March 7, 1899. Frederic B. VANDEGRIFT made a close study of the tariff on imports and be­came an expert on that subject Among the papers prepared and published by him on the subject was one on the Mc­Kinley Tariff, and another on the Dingley Tariff. He received an order for 1,500 copies of his work on the Dingley Tariff from the United States government, a copy of which was to be sent to every United States consul throughout the worId. He received the prize offered by the United States government for the most perfect paper on the tariff. Mr. VANDEGRIFT became a distinguished mem­ber of the Masonic fraternity. He was made a Mason on March 8, 1884, by his father, Past Master Charles S. VANDEGRIFT, and became master of Bristol Lodge, No. 25, in 1888; joined Harmony Chapter, R. A. M., In 1889, and was elected king in 1899, which office he held at the time of his death. He joined St Johns Commandery, K. T. in 1894, pad held the office of captain general at the time of his death. He joined the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, January18, 1895, and on June 21St re­ceived his thirty second degree, S. P. R. S. He was also a member of Lula Tem­ple, A. A. 0. N. M. S., and was repre­sentative of University Lodge in the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania at the time of his death. On November 16. 1887, he married Harriet Elizabeth HARVEY,

Text taken from page 33, 34 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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