Herman P. Faris was born near Bellefontaine, Ohio on Christmas Day, 1858. The family were farmers and moved about, from Ohio to Kansas, then to Missouri.
Faris obtained little formal education, but he had good business sense and was successful in printing and in real estate.
He became active in the Prohibition Party early on, running for various offices in Missouri and serving for several years as Treasurer of the Prohibition National Committee.
Faris died on 20 March 1936.
-- Gammon, 2007, p.100