Born: August 2, 1822, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Died: June 14, 1903, Cohasset, Massachusetts, of a stroke.
Buried: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Francis was the son of Nathaniel Walker Appleton and Mary Coffin Green, and husband of Harriett White Hodges.
He graduated from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1845.
then settled over the Unitarian Society in South Danvers (now Peabody), Massachusetts.
In 1853, he left South Danvers and went to Lowell, Massachusetts, to manage the Lowell Bleachery & Dye Works, with which he was connected until 1885.
In 1881, he built a house in Dorchester (Boston), where he lived during the winter, and another in Cohasset, Massachusetts, his summer residence.
If you know where to get a good photo of Appleton (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),