- Gardiner H. Shattuck
Fard, Wallace (25 February 1891?–1934?), religious leader, was born and raised in obscurity. A number of legends have circulated about his early life, but apart from sketchy information contained in police and Federal Bureau of Investigation reports, no documented evidence as to his parentage or childhood exists. Law enforcement records suggest that Fard was born either in New Zealand or in Portland, Oregon, to Hawaiian or British and Polynesian parents. He apparently married and fathered a child as a young man but abandoned his family before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1910s. His education was minimal. He used a variety of names during his lifetime, including W. D. Fard (pronounced “Far-rod”), Fard Muhammad, and F. Muhammad Ali....