Samuel Frank Dexter (1847-1906), or Frank as his friends and family knew him, was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on September
3, 1847. He was the grandson of Nathaniel Gregory Balch Dexter, who founded the knitting cotton business in the United States
and established the Dexter Yarn Company in 1820. As such Dexter went into the family business and in 1880 after the company
had incorporated, he became its secretary and general manager. He married Anna Fannie Wheaton in 1872 and subsequently had
three children, Nathaniel Wheaton Dexter or “Wheatie,” Anthony Hamilton Dexter, and Fannie Wheaton Dexter. By 1900, Dexter
had sold out his interests in the company and retired from the active business life. Dexter and his family moved to Los Angeles,
California, in 1902, where he would spend the remainder of his life until his death in 1906.
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