Fred Lewis Pattee was an author, poet, scholar, teacher, and leading authority on American literature. He was born March 22, 1863, on Pattee Hill, near Bristol, New Hampshire, the son of Lewis Franklin and Mary Philbrick Ingalls Pattee. Anna Laura Plumer became his wife in 1889 and died in 1927. They had one daughter, Sarah. In 1928, he married Grace Garee, who died in 1946. His childhood was spent on the family farm, and he attended elementary schools in Bristol and South Alexandria.