Apprenticed abt 1787 in New Mitford CT to Isaac Crane, a blacksmith and mechanic, but he took up engraving after meeting Richard Brunton, an itinerant engraver. He then apparently travelled to Albany and completed his training under Isaac and George Hutton. 3
He worked from circa 1794 to 1796 in Albany NY as a journeyman engraver in the shop of Issac and George Hutton.
He worked from 1796 to 1810 as an engraver in Albany NY
He was a partner from 1805 to 1810 with William Hooker in New London CT as HOOKER & FAIRMAN, makers of mathmatical and surveyor's equipment. 3
He was a partner from 1810 to 1818 with George Murray and John Draper in Philadelphia PA as MURRY, DRAPER, FAIRMAN & Co, where he specialized in banknote vignettes. 3
He was a partner from 1819 to 1822 with Jacob Perkins in Philadelphia PA as PERKINS & FAIRMAN. He went to England where he resided for two years and conducted the engraving business for three years before returning to Philadelphia.