He was the son of Capt. William Fancher (died 1862). He attended Chamberlain Institute. Then he engaged in the oil business, and was President of the National Oil and Gas Company, with operations in Ohio and Indiana.
Fancher was Supervisor of the Town of Leon from 1882 to 1885; Clerk of Cattaraugus County from 1886 to 1888; and a member of the New York State Assembly (Cattaraugus Co., 2nd D.) in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1902.
Fancher became known as the "Father of Allegany State Park" which was created in 1921, and was Chairman of the Allegany Park Commission until his death.
- Official New York from Cleveland to Hughes by Charles Elliott Fitch (Hurd Publishing Co., New York and Buffalo, 1911, Vol. IV; pg. 340f, 343, 345 and 365f)
- The New York Red Book by Edgar L. Murlin (1903; pg. 75)
- ALBERT T. FANCHER DIES ENROUTE HOME in The Cuba Patriot on March 27, 1930
- EX-SENATOR FANCHER DIES ON A TRAIN in NYT on March 21, 1930 (subscription required)