J. Selden Spencer
J. Selden Spencer lived in Tarrytown (a division of Greenburgh), Westchester County, New York in 1893. His one known label has his name and city pasted in with a pre-printed strip on the bottom of a George L. English (q.v.) label from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. We might assume that Spencer had purchased quite a few specimens from English at the Fair if he had gone to the trouble of have his name strips printed for use in personalizing the English labels.
A J[ames] S[elden] Spencer (Episcopal clergyman, born 1812--an error for 1822/4--in New York) appears on the 1860 Tarrytown census with 15-year-old [James] S[elden] Spencer (born 1844/5--an error for 1854?--in New York), presumably his son. The 1870 Tarrytown census shows a James Spencer (merchant, born 1822/3 in New York) with his son [James] Selden Spencer (born 1853/4 in New York). The 1880 census for Tarrytown shows a James S[elden] Spencer (a rector, born 1824/5 in New York). This must be the J. Selden Spencer who co-authored "Sermons on the Death of the Late Washington Irving" in 1859 (Irving was a long-time member of Christ Church in Tarrytown, where Spencer was Assistant Minister; Spencer named one of his sons Washington I. Spencer). He would have been about 69 years old at the time of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. He does not appear on the 1900 census.
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A George L. English Company label from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, the dealer's name overlain with a name and address strip for J. Selden Spencer