George William Curtis Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: February 24, 1824 in New York City, New York
Died: August 31, 1892 in New York City, New York
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George Curtis (1824-1892) was educated at Brook Farm and then moved to Concord, Massachusetts, where he learned from such American literary luminaries as Emerson, Thoreau and Hawthorne. Lead editorial writer (1857) and then editor of "Harper's Weekly" (1863), Curtis wrote in favor of emanipation; equal rights for African-Americans, native Americans and women; civil service reform; public education and environmental conservation. A life-long Republican, he was a leader of the reform-minded "Mugwumps" who refused to support the Party's nominee of 1884, James Blaine, helping to elect the first Democratic President since the Civil War, Grover Cleveland. Curtis also wrote travelogues, poetry and one novel, Trumps (1862).   

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