Frederick A. Babson, Jr.

Frederick Augustus Babson, Jr. (July 9, 1930 - September 17, 1999) was the first Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.


Babson was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. He attended Xavier University and graduated from the University of North Carolina, where he also received his law degree.[1]

Babson was married three times; to Joan Babson, Joanne Staupe, and Patricia J. Carroll, and fathered six children.[1]


Babson served in Air Force during the Korean War before attending college. After completing his studies, Babson moved to northern Virginia in 1958 to practice with the firm of Turney & Turney.[1]

Babson was first elected to the board as the supervisor for the Falls Church District in 1963.[1] When the county adopted the urban county form of government, Babson was elected the first Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on November 7, 1967, defeating Stanford E. Parris. Less than two years later, Babson would resign his position on November 19, 1969, citing the low pay of $10,000 and his "need to earn a living" as the cause.[2]


Babson died of complications from brain surgery at Arlington Hospital[1], and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Barnes, Bart. "Frederick Babson Jr., Fairfax Official, Dies." The Washington Post: B.06. National Newspapers Core. Sep 21 1999. Web. 19 Feb. 2012.
  2. Klose, Kevin. "Babson Quits Board in Fairfax." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): B1. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1995). Nov 20 1969. Web. 19 Feb. 2012.

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