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Charles Gershom Fall


"Fall, Charles Gershom, lawyer and author, was born at Malden, Mass., June 22, 1845, son of Gershom Lord and Rowena Powers (Moody) Fall, grandson of George and Mary (Lord) Fall, and a descendant of John Fall, who came to New England bout the middle of the 17th century and settled at Berwick, Maine. He prepared for college at Phillips Exeter academy and was graduated A.B. at Harvard college in 1868, receiving the A.M. and LL.B. degrees in 1871. He had previously studied law in Boston in the office of Judge William A. Richardson, afterward secretary of the treasury in the Grant administration, and had been admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1869. He practiced in Boston until he retired in 1909. In 1885 he was a member of the first Massachusetts board of arbitration for the settlement of labor disputes. He sponsored the first employers' liability act in Massachusetts which became a law in 1887, and which has since been adopted in the several states of the Union, and he was also active in securing the federal employees' liability act. After the passage of the liability act he conducted many suits in railroad accident cases and during the next fifteen years tried perhaps as many cases of this kind as did any lawyer in Boston, in several instances establishing new principles of liability. As one result, railroads were compelled to adopt safety couplings and to protect the entranceways of passenger cars. His interest in public health questions led him to seek the passage of important legislation for the protection of the insane. He was a member of the American, Massachusetts, Suffolk county and Boston bar associations, Sons of the Revolution, Society of Colonial Wars, Amis de la France and French Academcy of International History. His chief recreations were farming and golf. [In additional to his various writings] Fall also compiled an immense amount of material dealing with the World war, spending the major part of the period, 1914-22, preserving everything of historical interest which appeared in current newspapers, magazines and documents of this country and Europe. This material was published in sixty-six volumes . . . . These volumes are now deposited in the Widener library of Harvard university. Politically he was a Republican. He was married in New York city, Feb. 16, 1887, to Emily Bentham, daughter of Robert L. Fabian, of New York, and had two children, Fabian and Rowena Fall. He died in Boston, Jan. 22, 1932."

[Source: The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 23, pp. 63-64 (New York: James T. White & Co., 1933)][See also: William Thomas Davis, Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 224 (Boston: Boston History Co., 1895)(vol.1)][online text]


Charles G. Fall, Village Sketch and Other Poems (Boston: Cupples, 1886) [online text]

___________, Words With Wings (London: Ellliot Stock, 1913)

___________, Patriot or Traitor (London: Elliot Stock, 1913)(Boston: Old Corner Bookstore, 1913) [online text]

___________, The Soul of the East (Boston: Old Corner Bookstore, 1914) [online text]

____________, Three Political Tragedies: Napoleon, The Lion at Bay, The Tyrolese Patriots (Cohasset, Massachusetts: [Boston, C.H. Simonds], 1914) [online text]

[Note: The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography entry for Charles G. Fall makes reference toan additional bookof poetry, Dreams (1883), for which we find no OCLC listing.]


Charles G. Fall, Employers' Liability for Personal Injuries to Their Employees (Boston: Wright & Potter, 1883)(1889) [online text]

Research Resources

Charles G. Fall Papers
Houghton Library, Harvard University
[Consists of four plays, verse, and a series of essays on
oratory and orators, "Studies in Eloquence"]