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Elizabeth Baker Wells researched the life and Albert W. Force and wrote Albert Force 1897-1970. She also researched and wrote Contributions to Cornell History: Portraits and Memorabilia, 1984.

Albert William Force was born in Waterloo, New York on February 26, 1897. He served with the Army Medical Corps in World War I, and in 1921 he received a B.S. in agriculture from Cornell University. He spent a year as a graduate student and assistant in Cornell's Department of Plant Pathology. He was known in Tompkins County, New York for his interest in local history and antique collecting, and was an authority on Henry Walton, the 19th century American painter. He lived in Forest Home, Ithaca, New York.