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Daniel Webster Pomeroy
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Years covered: 1909

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(born Jan-14-1845, died Jun-21-1920, 75 years old) United States of America

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Daniel Webster Pomeroy was born in Lockport, New York as the youngest child (of about nine children) of Jabez Pomeroy (1795-1879) and Phebe Hopkins (1799-1870). He was working on his parents' farm, and was married in 1872 (after Phebe's death) to Maria Louisa Weaver (1848-1933), also of Lockport. They settled in Chicago, Illinois where he had various jobs. They had one child, Lulu May (1874-1904). Around 1902, Daniel and Maria Louisa moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he worked as a treasurer for the St. Louis Shoe Company. He was a member of the Chicago Chess Club and St. Louis Chess Club, and the inventor of the so-called Pomeroy gambit, 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Qf6 6.d4 d6 7.Bb5+ c6 8.Nc3 cxb5 9.Bxf4

Based on,, various newspaper reports and ancestry records.

Last updated: 2017-06-04 06:26:36

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Capablanca vs D W Pomeroy 0-1211909Simul, 18bC66 Ruy Lopez

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Oct-30-08  number 23 NBer: Well, that's a successful career. 100% of games are black minature victories against Capablanca!
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  Tabanus: And a draw against him in 1912! There is one good candidate:

1845: Daniel Webster Pomeroy, b. 14 Jan. 1845 in Lockport, New York (says “History and Genealogy of the Pomeroy Family”)

1855 census Lockport Niagara New York: Jabez Pomroy, 60, Farmer, Phebe Pomroy, 55, children Ophia, Caroline, Lewis S, Myron, <Daniel W Pomroy, 10>

1860 census Lockport Niagara New York: Jabez Pomroy, 66, Farmer, Phebe Pomroy, 60, children N. S. 23, Myron 22, and <D. W Pomroy, 15>

1865 census Lockport Niagara New York: Jabez Pomroy, 70, Farmer, Phebe Pomroy, 65, children Myron 25, Farmer, and <E W Pomroy, 20>, Farmer, Ariett Pomroy, 25

1872 (May 16): Marriage to Maria Louisa Weaver (family trees)

1874 (March 31): birth of daughter Lulu May Pomeroy in Chicago, Illinois. (family trees)

1900 census Chicago Ward 33, Cook Illinois: Daniel W Pomeroy, 48, b. Jan 1852 in New York, Coal Dealer, and M. Louise Pomeroy, 47, b. Jan 1853 in New York.

1903 directory of St. Louis Missouri: “Pomeroy Daniel W treas St Louis Shoe Co 1013 Washington av r 3039 Locust”

1904: <At the annual meeting of the St. Louis Chess club the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Max Judd, president; Judge John A. Harrison, first vice president; W. H. Spedding, second vice president; Ben R. Foster, secretary and treasurer; K. A. Weden, F. Ogden, R. Koerper [?], D. W. Pomeroy, B. Hirsch, and Ben R Foster, governing committee.> (Chicago Tribune, 3 April 1904, p. 12)

1904 (August 2): only child Lulu May dies of acute gastroenteritis in Chicago (family trees)

1909: <At St Louis Capablanca lost only one and drew two in thirty-six simultaneous games, the winner being D. W. Pomeroy, another former Chicagoan> (Chicago Tribune, 21 Feb 1909, p. 4)

1909 directory of St. Louis Missouri: “Pomeroy Daniel W treas St Louis Shoe Co 1025 Washington av r 3501 Morgan” (the only Pomeroy with first name D)

1910 census St Louis Ward 17, Missouri: Daniel W Pomeroy, boarder, 55 (= b. 1855), b. in New York, Accountant Wholesale Shoes, and M Louisa Pomeroy, 51 (= b. 1859)

1911: <D. W. Pomneroy, some years back a member of the Chicago Chess club and now prominent in St. Louis chess, has gone the Rice gambit one piece better by the Pomeroy gambit, also a variation of the Kieseritzky gambit. Here it is:

1 P K 4 – P K 4
2 P K B 4 – PxP
3 Kt K B 3 – P K Kt 4
4 P K R 4 – P Kt 5
5 Kt K 5 – Q K 3
6 P Q 4 – P Q 3
7 B Kt 5 Ch – P B 3
8 Kt Q B 3 – PxB

And Mr. Pomeroy continues with BxP sacrificing two pieces. The old Allgaier gambit has sprouted some.> (Chicago Tribune, 2 April 1911, p. 4)

1912: <At Lincoln, Neb., this week, Jose R. Capablanca contested twenty games simultaneously, winning 19, and losing one to W. Tuckerman. The same number opposed the young master at the St. Louis Chess Club. He won 17, lost one to W. J. Shutes, and drew two against <D. W. Pomeroy> and Mrs. Randolph Laughlin.> (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 9 May 1912, p. 3)

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  Tabanus: Too long post... cont.:

1916: <D. W. Pomeroy, a St. Louis chess player noted for his invention of what is called the "Pomeroy gambit," gave an exhibition of this peculiar system of p!ay at the People's Game Club, 1012 Pine street, last night. Playing simultaneously against 15 other players, he won eight games. His "gambit" involves the sacrifice of two important pieces in the opening, and while it can scarcely be called sound, it leads to unusual brilliancy of maneuvering, and the chess players who witnessed the exhibition consider his percentage of wins as rather remarkable.> (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8 Oct 1916, p. 33)

1920 census St Louis Ward 23, Missouri: Daniel W Pomeroy, 64 (= b. 1856), b. in New York, Treasurer Shoe Co, and Louise M Pomeroy, 60 (= b. 1860).

1920 orig. death certificate, St. Louis: Daniel W Pomeroy, <b. 15 Jan 1855 in Lockport NY>, treasurer St. Louis Shoe Co., died of cerebral apoplexy in Mullanphy Hospital 21 June 1920. Wife: M. Louise Pomeroy. Father: <Jabez>. Buried 22 June 1920.

1920: <Death Notices. … Daniel W. Pomeroy, June 21, 1920, aged 68 years, at St. Louis, Mo., beloved husband of M. Louise Pomeroy, and fond father of the late Dottie Pomeroy.> (Chicago Tribune, 22 June 1920, p. 19) (= b. 1852)

1933: <Mrs. Daniel W. Pomeroy, a native of Niagara county, and a former Lockport resident, died yesterday at her home in Evanston, Ill. Born in the town of Cambria, daughter of Erastus B. and Louis Phelps Weaver, Mrs. Pomeroy married the late Daniel W. Pomeroy and lived mest of her life in St. Louis and Chicago. Her husband was a brother of Hopkins Pomeroy, father of Mrs. W. R Kenan and Albert W. Pomeroy, this city. Mrs. Pomeroy leaves no immediate family. There are two nieces in Lockport, Mrs Flora W. Doty and Mrs. E D. Corson.> (Lockport Union-Sun and Journal, 6 Jan 1933, p. 16)

The “History and Genealogy of the Pomeroy Family” by Albert A Pomeroy (1912) has Daniel Webster Pomeroy, b. Jan. 14, 1845. The many home-made family trees have the same, and that he married Maria Louisa Weaver in 1872. The death certificate informant is a J. G. Morlet (?) (and not his wife Maria Louisa), and there is written “don’t know” in several fields of the form. Anyway, it appears that during his last 20-30 years, he lied about his age by no less than 7-10 years.

Not to be confused with Daniel Webster Pomeroy (1885-1943),, or with Daniel W. Pomeroy (1846-1907),

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