GEORGE WILLIAM CURTIS. - The well known author, orator and journalist whose name heads this sketch, was born
at Providence, Rhode Island, February 24, 1824. Having laid the foundation of a most excellent education in his
native land, he went to Europe and studied at the University of Berlin. He made an extensive tour throughout the
Levant, from which he returned home in 1850. At that early age literature became his field of labor, and in 1851
he published his first important work, "Nile Notes of a Howadji." In 1852 two works issued from his facile
pen, "The Howadji in Syria," and "Lotus Eating." Later on he was the author of the wellknown
"Potiphar Papers," "Prue and I," and "Trumps." He greatly distinguished himself throughout
this land as a lecturer on many subjects, and as an orator had but few peers. He was also well known as one of
the most fluent speakers on the stump, making many political speeches in favor of the Republican party. In recognition
of his valuable services, Mr. Curtis was appointed by President Grant, chairman of the advisory board of the civil
service. Although a life long Republican, Mr. Curtis refused to support Blaine for the presidency in 1884, because
of his ideas on civil service and other reforms. For his memorable and magnificent eulogy on Wendell Phillips,
delivered in Boston, in 1884, that city pre:sented Mr. Curtis with a gold medal.
George W. Curtis, however, is best known to the reading public of the United States by his connection with the
Harper Brothers, having been editor of the "Harper's Weekly," and of the "Easy Chair," in "
Harper's Monthly Magazine,"for many years, in fact retaining that position until the day of his death, which
occurred August 31, 1892.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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