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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 248, 1892 [newspaper clipping]

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Identifier: DX03208988

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 248, 1892 [newspaper clipping]

Description: Newspaper clipping regarding the death of George William Curtis.




We much regret to announce the death of Mr. George William Curtis, the well-known American politician and writer, which took place on Wednesday at New York. Mr. Curtis was born in 1824. He began life as a merchant’s clerk, and in 1842 was placed, together with an elder brother, at the Brook Farm Socialistic Institution in Roxbury, Massachusetts, where they remained about eighteen months, when they were transferred to a farm in Concord, where they remained another eighteen months. In 1846 Mr. Curtis visited Europe, residing mainly at Berlin and Syria. The outcome of his travels were 'Nile Notes of a Howadji' (1850) and 'The Howadji in Syria' (1852). Meantime he had become connected with the New York Tribune, and was also one of the editors of Putnam's Monthly, in which he had shares. The failure of the magazine involved him in financial difficulties, from which he was fifteen years in clearing himself. He lectured on social and aesthetic topics throughout the country, and became a regular contributor to Harper's Magazine, to which, besides many occasional articles, he long furnished a monthly paper under the general title of the 'Editor's Easy Chair.' In 1857 Harper's Weekly, Mr. Curtis soon became its principal editor. When the Civil War broke out, this journal took a decided political tone, and became an influential organ of the Republican party. In the canvas of 1868 he was made a presidential elector on the Republican 'ticket,' and warmly supported the election of President [Ulysses S.] Grant, who in 1871 appointed him a member of the Commission to frame rules for the regulation of the civil service. He, however, opposed the candidature of President Grant for a third term, both in 1876 and in 1880, and was a prominent leader of that wing of the Republican party which secured the nomination of Mr. [Rutherford B.] Hayes and of Mr. [James] Garfield. During the agitation for a reform in the civil service Mr. Curtis vigorously supported the movement. In 1884 he opposed the nomination of Mr. [James] Blaine as the Republican candidate for the Presidency, and was a supporter of the Democratic nominee, Mr. [Grover] Cleveland. He was in 1867 elected a delegate to the Convention for revising the Constitution of the State of New York; and in the same year was appointed one of the Regents of the University of that State — a body which has the general supervision of the higher grades of institutions for public instruction. In 1884 he was elected Chancellor of the University. He published the following works, all made up of previous contributions to various periodicals: 'Lotus Eating,' a series of newspaper letters from watering-places, 1852; 'The Potiphar Papers,' 1853; 'Prue and I' in 1856, and 'Trumps,' 1862; besides several addresses.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1892

Type(s): Clipping, Newspaper


Subjects: Authors
Politics and government


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