- Madeleine B. Stern
Sizer, Nelson (21 May 1812–18 October 1897), phrenologist, was born in Chester, Massachusetts, the son of Fletcher Sizer, a mechanic, and Lydia Bassett. At fourteen he worked in a woolen mill, becoming its manager three years later. Subsequently he was a carpenter and then partner in a paper mill, and he also contributed articles to the local press. In 1832, when Johann Gaspar Spurzheim lectured on phrenology in Boston, Sizer was deeply impressed with the new so-called science of mind. In 1833 he married Lucinda Maria Phelps, with whom he had two children. She died in 1839, and in that year he abandoned paper manufacturing to devote himself to phrenology....