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                    IN MEMORIAM.
         MR. 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 presiden-
tial elector on the Republican  ticket,  and
warmly supported the election of President
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.
Hayes and of Mr. Garfield.  During the agita-
tion for a reform in the civil service Mr.
Curtis vigorously supported the movement.  In
1884 he opposed the nomination of Mr. Blaine
as the Republican candidate for the Presidency,
and was a supporter of the Democratic nominee,
Mr. 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.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and forty-eight
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the death of George William Curtis.
Subject:Curtis, George William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Obituaries
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.